Sharing distress increases helping and contact intentions via social identification and inclusion of the other in the self: children's prosocial behaviour after an earthquake

Vezzali, Loris, Drury, John, Versari, Annalisa and Cadamuro, Alessia (2016) Sharing distress increases helping and contact intentions via social identification and inclusion of the other in the self: children's prosocial behaviour after an earthquake. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 19 (3). pp. 314-327. ISSN 1368-4302

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Abstract

We surveyed young children (N = 517) affected by two major earthquakes to shed light on the role of identity processes in relation to the common observation that disasters can bring survivors closer together and enhance helping amongst them. As expected, posttraumatic stress symptoms caused by the earthquake were positively associated with intentions to have contact with and help other survivors of the earthquake, these effects being sequentially mediated by inclusion of the other in the self and by one-group representation. These findings extend previous research on both the antecedents and the behavioural effects of identity-fusion. The results are also the first quantitative test of a social identity account of collective resilience in children. We argue that these findings have practical as well as theoretical significance, as they demonstrate the adaptive function of group processes in informal responses to disasters.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2015 08:44
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 07:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55327

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