Comparisons and perceived deprivation in ethnic minority settings

Zagefka, Hanna and Brown, Rupert (2005) Comparisons and perceived deprivation in ethnic minority settings. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31 (4). pp. 467-482. ISSN 0146-1672

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Abstract

Two studies investigated comparison choices among ethnic minorities and majorities. The perceived status of the self vis-vis different comparison targets also was assessed. Antecedents and consequences of comparisons and relative deprivation were examined. Predictions were derived from social comparison, stigma, social identity, and relative deprivation research. Two surveys were conducted, one in London with mainly Asian participants (N = 235) and one in Germany with Turkish and Aussiedler participants (N = 166) and German majority members (N = 351). Participants preferred intragroup and temporal comparisons (with other ingroup members and with the self in the past) to various types of cross-group comparisons (with outgroup members). Perceived similarity and contact with a target positively predicted interest in comparing with this target, and perceived higher status of the target was a negative predictor. Some evidence was found that feelings of deprivation depend on comparison choices. Deprivation negatively predicted self-esteem and life satisfaction. Deprivation and group identification were negatively correlated.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Senior author:Zagefka was Brown's research student.
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Rupert Brown
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:31
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13052
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