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When are emotions related to group-based appraisals? A comparison between group-based emotions and general group emotions

Kuppens, T. & Yzerbyt, V. Y., 2014, In : Personality and social psychology bulletin. 40, 12, p. 1574-1588 15 p.

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In the literature on emotions in intergroup relations, it is not always clear how exactly emotions are group-related. Here, we distinguish between emotions that involve appraisals of immediate group concerns (i.e., group-based emotions) and emotions that do not. Recently, general group emotions, measured by asking people how they feel "as a group member" but without specifying an object for these emotions, have been conceptualized as reflecting appraisals of group concerns. In contrast, we propose that general group emotions are best seen as emotions about belonging to a group. In two studies, general group emotions were closely related to emotions that are explicitly measured as belonging emotions. Two further studies showed that general group emotions were not related to appraisals of immediate group concerns, whereas group-based emotions were. We argue for more specificity regarding the group-level aspects of emotion that are tapped by emotion measures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1574-1588
Number of pages15
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Volume40
Issue number12
Early online date26-Sep-2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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