Uncertainty, entitativity, and group identification in football fans

Lewis, Matthew (2008) Uncertainty, entitativity, and group identification in football fans. In: 2008 Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society, 2nd - 4th April 2008, Dublin, Eire.

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Abstract

Uncertainty reduction theory suggests that people identify most strongly with a group if they feel a high level of self-uncertainty and the group is highly entitative. This study proposed that being a fan is such an integral part of self-identity that when their team faces an uncertain future, fans have higher self-uncertainty. The results indicate that fans of teams facing uncertain futures (promotion or relegation) showed significantly higher levels of self-uncertainty and identified significantly more with their fellow fans than did fans of teams facing a certain future. Implications of this research for the role of uncertainty and social identity in football fans are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 14:14
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22191

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