Associations of insecure attachment with extreme pro-group actions: The mediating role of perceived marginalisation

Ferenczi, Nelli; Marshall, Tara C.; Lefringhausen, Katharine and Bejanyan, Kathrine. 2016. Associations of insecure attachment with extreme pro-group actions: The mediating role of perceived marginalisation. Personality and Individual Differences, 91, pp. 84-88. ISSN 0191-8869 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Can personality traits predict willingness to fight or even die for one's heritage culture group? This study examined insecure attachment dimensions – avoidance and anxiety – as predictors of perceived rejection from heritage culture members and, in turn, greater endorsement of extreme pro-group actions. Expressing extreme commitment for the heritage culture may represent an attempt by insecure individuals to reduce their perceived marginalisation and reaffirm their heritage culture membership and identity. Participants completed measures of attachment dimensions, intragroup marginalisation, and endorsement of extreme pro-group actions. Individuals who were high in anxiety or avoidance reported heightened intragroup marginalisation from family and friends. In turn, friend intragroup marginalisation was associated with increased endorsement of pro-group actions. Our findings provide insight as to why insecurely attached bicultural individuals may be drawn to endorse extreme pro-group actions.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.11.057

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
10 March 2016Published
27 November 2015Accepted

Item ID:

18907

Date Deposited:

15 Sep 2016 09:37

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 16:20

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18907

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