Clarifying the relationship between ostracism and relational devaluation

J. P. Gerber*, Ladd Wheeler

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    We examine how three perspectives on relational devaluation relate to needs threat following ostracism. In two experiments with 179 first-year psychology students, distress was greatest when participants were ostracized without any prior throws, and distress decreased linearly with increasing prior inclusion. In Experiment 3, using 76 first-year psychology students, we manipulated expectations of exclusion and found expectations predicted distress following ostracism, suggesting ostracism's distress can be influenced by norm-based expectations of inclusion, and that progressive relational devaluation is not a necessary condition for ostracism's distress.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14-27
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Social Psychology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2014

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