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Developing and testing a self-affirmation manipulation

Napper, L., Harris, P.R. and Epton, T. (2009) Developing and testing a self-affirmation manipulation. Self and Identity, 8 (1). pp. 45-62. ISSN 1529-8868

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Abstract

We developed a new manipulation of self-affirmation that is simple to use, can be employed when circumstances prevent pre-sereening or using essay-based methods, and has a highly equivalent control task. In the process, we addressed theoretical and empirical questions highlighted in a recent review as requiring attention. In comparison to five controls, the manipulation promoted positive changes on measures designed to test whether people are self-affirmed. It produced a similar pattern on these measures to an existing self-affirmation manipulation. The matched control also performed well. There was no evidence of mediation by mood or stale self-esteem or moderation by trait self-esteem. We discuss the potential of the method and associated dependent measures in future self-affirmation research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Self-affirmation; Self-esteem; Defensiveness; Values; Health-risk information
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2009 10:24
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2009 10:24
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15298860802079786
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/15298860802079786
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9831

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