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Social Identification in Sports Teams: The Role of Personal, Social, and Collective Identity Motives.
Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2017 04; 43(4):508-523.PS

Abstract

Based on motivated identity construction theory (MICT; Vignoles, 2011), we offer an integrative approach examining the combined roles of six identity motives (self-esteem, distinctiveness, belonging, meaning, continuity, and efficacy) instantiated at three different motivational levels (personal, social, and collective identity) as predictors of group identification. These identity processes were investigated among 369 members of 45 sports teams from England and Italy in a longitudinal study over 6 months with four time points. Multilevel change modeling and cross-lagged analyses showed that satisfaction of four personal identity motives (individuals' personal feelings of self-esteem, distinctiveness, meaning, and efficacy derived from team membership), three social identity motives (individuals' feelings that the team identity carries a sense of belonging, meaning, and continuity), and one collective identity motive (a shared belief in group distinctiveness) significantly predicted group identification. Motivational processes underlying group identification are complex, multilayered, and not reducible to personal needs.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1 University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.1 University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.1 University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.1 University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.2 Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy.2 Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy.3 Centre for Team Excellence, Steyning, UK.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28903661

Citation

Thomas, William E., et al. "Social Identification in Sports Teams: the Role of Personal, Social, and Collective Identity Motives." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 4, 2017, pp. 508-523.
Thomas WE, Brown R, Easterbrook MJ, et al. Social Identification in Sports Teams: The Role of Personal, Social, and Collective Identity Motives. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2017;43(4):508-523.
Thomas, W. E., Brown, R., Easterbrook, M. J., Vignoles, V. L., Manzi, C., D'Angelo, C., & Holt, J. J. (2017). Social Identification in Sports Teams: The Role of Personal, Social, and Collective Identity Motives. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 43(4), 508-523. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167216689051
Thomas WE, et al. Social Identification in Sports Teams: the Role of Personal, Social, and Collective Identity Motives. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2017;43(4):508-523. PubMed PMID: 28903661.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social Identification in Sports Teams: The Role of Personal, Social, and Collective Identity Motives. AU - Thomas,William E, AU - Brown,Rupert, AU - Easterbrook,Matthew J, AU - Vignoles,Vivian L, AU - Manzi,Claudia, AU - D'Angelo,Chiara, AU - Holt,Jeremy J, Y1 - 2017/02/01/ PY - 2017/9/15/entrez PY - 2017/9/15/pubmed PY - 2018/8/18/medline KW - group processes KW - identity motives KW - multilevel modeling KW - social identity KW - sports teams SP - 508 EP - 523 JF - Personality & social psychology bulletin JO - Pers Soc Psychol Bull VL - 43 IS - 4 N2 - Based on motivated identity construction theory (MICT; Vignoles, 2011), we offer an integrative approach examining the combined roles of six identity motives (self-esteem, distinctiveness, belonging, meaning, continuity, and efficacy) instantiated at three different motivational levels (personal, social, and collective identity) as predictors of group identification. These identity processes were investigated among 369 members of 45 sports teams from England and Italy in a longitudinal study over 6 months with four time points. Multilevel change modeling and cross-lagged analyses showed that satisfaction of four personal identity motives (individuals' personal feelings of self-esteem, distinctiveness, meaning, and efficacy derived from team membership), three social identity motives (individuals' feelings that the team identity carries a sense of belonging, meaning, and continuity), and one collective identity motive (a shared belief in group distinctiveness) significantly predicted group identification. Motivational processes underlying group identification are complex, multilayered, and not reducible to personal needs. SN - 1552-7433 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28903661/Social_Identification_in_Sports_Teams:_The_Role_of_Personal_Social_and_Collective_Identity_Motives_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0146167216689051?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -