Social Identity Mapping: A procedure for visual representation and assessment of subjective multiple group memberships
British Journal of Social Psychology
Wiley for British Psychological Society
© 2016 The British Psychological Society
In this research, we introduce Social Identity Mapping (SIM) as a method for visually representing and assessing a person's subjective network of group memberships. To provide evidence of its utility, we report validating data from three studies (two longitudinal), involving student, community, and clinical samples, together comprising over 400 participants. Results indicate that SIM is easy to use, internally consistent, with good convergent and discriminant validity. Each study also illustrates the ways that SIM can be used to address a range of novel research questions. Study 1 shows that multiple positive group memberships are a particularly powerful predictor of well-being. Study 2 shows that social support is primarily given and received within social groups and that only in-group support is beneficial for well-being. Study 3 shows that improved mental health following a social group intervention is attributable to an increase in group compatibility. In this way, the studies demonstrate the capacity for SIM to make a contribution both to the development of social-psychological theory and to its practical application.
Funded by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being Program
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Wiley via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 55 (4), pp. 613 - 642
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