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J Pers Soc Psychol. 1999 Feb;76(2):229-45.

Strategies to cope with negative social identity: predictions by social identity theory and relative deprivation theory.

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universit├Ąt Jena, Germany. s7muam@uni-jena.de

Abstract

Predictions by social identity theory (SIT) and relative deprivation theory (RDT) concerning preferences for strategies to cope with a negative in-group status position were tested. The focus of the present research was a comparison of the theories regarding their differential patterns of prediction. For this purpose, a natural sample within a specific historical situation was investigated: East Germans after the German unification. First, the predictive power of SIT and RDT variables was tested separately. In a second step, a possible integration of the theories was addressed. Combining the SIT variables and RDT variables led to an integrated model indicating a differential pattern of prediction for intergroup strategies. The RDT components explained the collective responses, whereas SIT constructs were related to individual strategies.

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