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Title:Effects of the working class label: increased affect and social class identification
Author(s):Ondish, Peter R
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.A.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):social class
social identity
affect
well-being
Abstract:Building on social identity theory and the sociocultural model of the self, we show that relatively lower-class individuals who value their social class identity (as activated by the “working class” label) experience elevated group identification and well-being. First, we found that social class identification significantly predicted self-esteem while controlling for traditional measures of social class (Study 1). Next, when primed with a working class identity, relative to a lower class identity, individuals from relatively lower-class backgrounds showed stronger group identification, endorsed more positive stereotypes about their social class group, and showed less negative affect (Studies 2a and 2b). Implications for conceptualizing social class as a valued group identity and its implications for the social class academic achievement gap are discussed.
Issue Date:2015-12-11
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89102
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Peter Ondish
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-02
Date Deposited:2015-12


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