When membership gives strength to act : inclusion of the group into the self and feeling of personal agency

Tomasz Besta , Brent Mattingly , Magdalena Błażek


Identity fusion theory suggests that merging groups into one’s personal identity should result in heightened levels of group agency. Research on the self-expansion model complementarily indicates that including others into the self is linked to a greater feeling of self-efficacy. Across three correlational studies, we examined whether personal and group identity fusion is associated with stronger feelings of personal agency, and we propose that relatively stable feelings of clarity of self-concept would mediate this association. Individuals strongly fused with a country (Studies 1–3) and family (Study 2) exhibited greater feelings of agency and goal-adherence, and self-concept clarity emerged as a significant mediator of this association when controlling for group identification measures.
Author Tomasz Besta (FSS / IPsych / DPPFP)
Tomasz Besta,,
- Division of Personality Psychology and Forensic Psychology
, Brent Mattingly
Brent Mattingly,,
, Magdalena Błażek (FSS / IPsych / DPPFP)
Magdalena Błażek,,
- Division of Personality Psychology and Forensic Psychology
Journal seriesJournal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-4545, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.85
Keywords in Englishself-concept, self-expansion, agency, group membership, identity fusion
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
ScoreMinisterial score = 15.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 0.844 (2) - 2016=1.275 (5)
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