Close-knit ties through thick and thin: sharing social exclusion and acceptance enhances social bond

Gao, Cong, Wang, Deming, Miao, Xiao-Yan, Chan, Kai Qin, and Wang, Zuo Jun (2021) Close-knit ties through thick and thin: sharing social exclusion and acceptance enhances social bond. European Journal of Social Psychology, 51 (1). pp. 197-211.

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Three experiments investigated whether and why sharing experiences of social exclusion or social acceptance with others strengthens social bonds. Participants experienced either social exclusion or social acceptance alongside another co-participant who either also experienced the same outcome, or experienced a different outcome, as them. Multilevel modeling results showed that participant dyads who shared the experience of social exclusion or social acceptance felt closer to each other than those who experienced different outcomes, and that perceived similarity mediated the effect of shared experiences on social bonds. Interestingly, participants felt closer to one another after having shared social acceptance, more so than when they have shared social exclusion. Implications of the present findings are interpreted in light of theories of social exclusion, shared experiences, and social bonding.

Item ID: 64742
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-0992
Keywords: shared experience,social exclusion, social acceptance, social bond, perceived similarity
Copyright Information: © 2020 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. In accordance with the publisher's policies, the Author Accepted Manuscript of this paper is available Open Access from Research Online@JCU from 21 October 2021, and its use is limited to non-commercial purposes.
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2020 19:36
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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