The moderating effect of self-esteem in reaction to voice

Converging evidence from five studies

Joel Brockner*, Larry Heuer, Phyllis A. Siegel, Batia Wiesenfeld, Christopher Martin, Steven Grover, Thomas Reed, Svali Bjorgvinsson

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It has been posited that high self-esteem persons (high SEs) are more confident than low sel-esteem persons (low SEs) of their capability to provide meaningful input in a decision process. If this is so, then high SEs should be more influenced by their perceived level of voice, relative to low SEs. Survey data from 4 field studies showed that voice was more positively related to various dependent variables among high SEs than low SEs. In Study 5, the authors experimentally manipulated voice as well as participants' beliefs about their capability to provide meaningful input. As expected, voice had a greater impact on the reactions of participants who were led to believe that they were more capable of providing meaningful input. Theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-407
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

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