Group norms and the attitude–behaviour relationship

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Group norms and the attitude–behaviour relationship

Show simple item record Smith, Joanne, R. en_GB Louis, Winnifred, R. en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Queensland en_GB 2009-02-17T11:04:12Z en_GB 2011-01-25T12:00:43Z en_US 2013-03-20T14:54:31Z 2009-01 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Despite popular opinion to the contrary, early scientific evidence pointed to a lack of support for the view that people's actions are guided by their attitudes. One response to the lack of correspondence between attitudes and behaviour has been to consider the role of other factors. One factor that has received attention is norms – the unwritten and often unspoken rules for how we should behave. We present an overview of the social identity approach to attitude–behaviour relations, which argues that norms play a significant role in the attitude–behaviour relationship if and only if the norms come from salient and important reference groups. We will then discuss a program of research that supports this analysis and examines the motivations that underpin group-mediated attitude–behaviour consistency. Finally, we will discuss research that investigates the distinction between descriptive group norms (what group members do) and injunctive group norms (what group members approve of). We focus on how the interactions between these types of norms can inform behaviour change campaigns. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship The authors would like to acknowledge that some of the research reviewed in this paper was supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery funding scheme (project number DP0877146). en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3 (1), 2009: pp.19–35 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2008.00161.x en_GB
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dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd en_GB
dc.relation.url en_GB
dc.subject attitude-behaviour relations en_GB
dc.subject group norms en_GB
dc.subject social identity en_GB
dc.subject descriptive group norms en_GB
dc.subject injunctive group norms en_GB
dc.subject group-mediated en_GB
dc.title Group norms and the attitude–behaviour relationship en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB 2009-02-17T11:04:12Z en_GB 2011-01-25T12:00:43Z en_US 2013-03-20T14:54:31Z
dc.description This is the author's post-print version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in Social and Personality Psychology Compass. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. The definitve version is available at: en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1751-9004 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass en_GB

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