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Adolescents' Judgments of Doubly Deviant Peers: Implications of Intergroup and Intragroup Dynamics for Disloyal and Overweight Group Members

Abrams, D; Palmer, SB; Van de Vyver, J; Hayes, D; Delaney, K; Guarella, S; Purewal, K; (2016) Adolescents' Judgments of Doubly Deviant Peers: Implications of Intergroup and Intragroup Dynamics for Disloyal and Overweight Group Members. Social Development 10.1111/sode.12187. Green open access

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Abstract

Group membership, loyalty, and weight are highly relevant for adolescent peer evaluations at school. This research tested how in-group/out-group membership affected judgments of peers who deviated from social norms for weight and loyalty. Two hundred and forty 11–13-year-olds (49 percent female; 94 percent Caucasian) judged two in-group or out-group peers: one was normative (loyal and average weight) and the other was non-normative (i.e., ‘deviant’). The deviant target was overweight, disloyal to their own group (school), or both (‘doubly deviant’). Derogation of overweight relative to average weight peers was greater if they were in-group rather than out-group members, revealing a strong ‘black sheep effect’ for overweight peers. Disloyal out-group deviants were judged favorably, but this effect was eliminated if they were doubly deviant, suggesting that their disloyalty was insufficient to overcome the overweight stigma. Consistent with developmental subjective group dynamics theory, effects of group membership and types of deviance on adolescents’ favorability toward peers were mediated by adolescents’ perceptions of how well the deviant members would ‘fit’ with the in-group school. Implications for theory and strategies to reduce peer exclusion, particularly weight stigmatization, are considered.

Type: Article
Title: Adolescents' Judgments of Doubly Deviant Peers: Implications of Intergroup and Intragroup Dynamics for Disloyal and Overweight Group Members
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/sode.12187
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sode.12187
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Authors Social Development Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Keywords: Subjective group dynamics; overweight stigma; loyalty; peer exclusion
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1501055
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