Social Comparison Orientation Moderates the Effects of Group Membership on the Similarity-Attraction Relationship

Abstract : The present study examined how the similarity-attraction relationship is affected by a combination of the tendency to compare oneself to other people (Social Comparison Orientation, SCO) and group membership. We expected that high-SCO individuals would prefer similar to dissimilar others only when the target belonged to their in-group and was relevant for the evaluation of their self-concept. It was also expected that among low-SCO individuals who are more certain about the self and less concerned about “being evaluated,” a main effect of attitude similarity would appear, regardless of the group membership of the target. Results partially support these predictions and suggest that further research should be carried out into the combined effects of individual and group variables in the attraction literature.
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Estelle Michinov, Nicolas Michinov. Social Comparison Orientation Moderates the Effects of Group Membership on the Similarity-Attraction Relationship. Journal of Social Psychology, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2011, 151 (6), pp.754 - 766. ⟨10.1080/00224545.2010.522619⟩. ⟨hal-01730554⟩

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