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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (8) : 1300-1308     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01300
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The relationship between group identification and individual mental health: Moderating variables and mechanisms
WANG Qing1; YU Guoliang2
(1 Department of Psychology; 2 Institute of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China)
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Abstract  

In recent years, the relationship between group identification and individual mental health has attracted the attention of researchers. Through referring to the relevant literatures, we demonstrate that identification with different types of groups, including nations, countries, schools or families, and number of identified groups are significantly associated with individuals’ mental health. On the one hand, motivation to identify with groups and group evaluation moderate the association between group identification and individuals’ mental health. On the other hand, the relationship between group identification and individuals’ mental health are mediated by self-esteem, social support, perceived personal control and attribution styles. In the future, multiple methods should be used in the further study on moderating variables and mechanisms for the relationship between group identification and individual mental health.

Keywords group identification      mental health      moderating variables      mechanisms     
Corresponding Authors: YU Guoliang, E-mail: yugllxl@sina.com   
Issue Date: 15 August 2016
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WANG Qing,YU Guoliang. The relationship between group identification and individual mental health: Moderating variables and mechanisms[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(8): 1300-1308.
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