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More positive group memberships and social identification are associated with greater resilience in Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel

White, Craig, SLATER, Matthew, TURNER, Martin and BARKER, Jamie (2020) More positive group memberships and social identification are associated with greater resilience in Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel. British Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 0144-6665

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In the current project, we examined how perceived group memberships (number, and characteristics, of), social and relational identification, and identity leadership are associated with resilience in Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel. Based on social identity theorising, we hypothesised positive associations between the number of groups, perceptions of their characteristics (e.g., positivity) and how they relate to each other (i.e., compatibility) and resilience (H1). We also hypothesised positive associations between both identity leadership (H2) and resilience, and social and relational identification (H3) and resilience. Two hundred and forty-three personnel from 18 RAF bases completed an identity mapping exercise and measures of leadership, social and relational identification, and resilience. Our findings highlighted the importance of the association between positive group memberships and resilience and social identification and resilience. Counter to our hypothesis, belonging to more groups was negatively associated with resilience, and there were non-significant relationships between three principles of identity leadership and resilience, with embedding identity being significantly negatively associated with resilience. In support of social identity theorising, the number of positive groups was positively associated with resilience, as was social identification. These findings indicate that, for RAF personnel, it is belonging to positive groups, both within and outside work, along with social identification, that is positively associated with resilience.

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Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: White, C.A., Slater, M.J., Turner, M.J. and Barker, J.B. (2020), More positive group memberships are associated with greater resilience in Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel. which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12385. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions."
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Matthew SLATER
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 13:36
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2020 04:30
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6332

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