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Where I am and where I want to be: Perceptions of and aspirations for status and inclusion differentially predict psychological health

Mahadevan, Nikhila and Gregg, Aiden P and Sedikides, Constantine (2019) 'Where I am and where I want to be: Perceptions of and aspirations for status and inclusion differentially predict psychological health.' Personality and Individual Differences, 139. 170 - 174. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Consistent with the motives to achieve social status and inclusion being fundamental, higher levels of both, actual and perceived, have been linked with better psychological health. This study (N = 680) sought to extend understanding of such links by examining how individual differences in aspirations for status and inclusion correlated with psychological health (higher trait self-esteem, lower trait anxiety). Whereas perceptions of higher status and inclusion showed a positive link to psychological health, higher aspirations for status and inclusion showed a negative link. The former and latter pairs of links persisted after controlling for one another, and no evidence emerged of moderation. It is beneficial to perceive one's status and inclusion as high, but not to aspire for them to be, regardless of how such perceptions and aspirations interrelate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Status aspirations, Need to belong, Status, Inclusion, Psychological health, Self-esteem, Anxiety
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2020 13:49
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2020 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27609

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