Graduation Date

Summer 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Program

Master of Arts degree with a major in Psychology, option Academic Research

Committee Chair Name

Amber Gaffney

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Amanda Hahn

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Benjamin Graham

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

Given that leaders have the ability to create, modify and reinforce group identity, it is important to understand the effect of leader prototype violation on the group identity, and subsequent leader preferences. An experiment (N = 191), examined the effect of leader prototype violation and self-conceptual uncertainty on evaluations of subsequent leadership. Although results did not support the primary hypotheses that the leader who was removed would be evaluated more harshly than the leader who completed term, and that under high uncertainty support for the non-prototypical candidate would increase the most when the previous leader was removed, exploratory analyses showed that evaluations of the prototypical candidate were strongest under low uncertainty as group identification increased, whereas support for the non-prototypical leader decreased under low uncertainty as group identification increased. These findings expand previous research, providing further support for the idea that leaders provide an important identity function that can be impacted by conceptual self-uncertainty.

Citation Style

APA

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