Advancing support for intergroup equality via a self-affirmation campaign

Eric Shuman, Shira Hebel-Sela, Inbal Zipris, Yossi Hasson, Boaz Hameiri, Eran Halperin*

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Members of historically advantaged groups are often unwilling to support actions or policies aimed at reducing inequality between advantaged and disadvantaged groups, even if they generally support the principle of equality. Based on past research, we suggest a self-affirmation intervention (an intervention in which people reflect on a positive trait or value in order to affirm their positive self-image) may be effective for increasing the willingness of advantaged group members to address inequality. Importantly, while self-affirmation has been only operationalized as a written exercise in the past, in this project, we adapt it into video messages for use in public campaigns. In Study 1, we experimentally tested an initial video adaptation of self-affirmation and found that it was effective in increasing the willingness of advantaged group members to address inequality in the context of Jewish–Arab relations in Israel. Based on this study, two NGOs developed a real campaign video and used it in their public campaign, and we tested this applied intervention (in Study 2) and found it to be effective compared to a control condition that only presented information about inequality. Together, these studies represent the first implementation of self-affirmation in real-world campaigns and indicate that it can be an effective way to increase support for action to address inequality.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This project was conducted by aChord Center: Social Psychology for Social Change. The first study in this work was part of a project funded by the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation, and the second study was funded by a European Research Council grant (No. 864347) to the last author.

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  • discrimination
  • inequality
  • intergroup relations
  • psychological interventions
  • self-affirmation


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