Date of Award

January 2012

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Matthew P. Winslow

Department Affiliation

Psychology

Abstract

The current study looked at the Common Ingroup Identity Model and its link to need for closure, a cognitive construct that causes individuals to seek out quick and finite answers. Based on previous research, I predicted that participants high in situational and dispositional need for closure would be more responsive to the Common Ingroup Identity Model than participants who were not. Results indicated that need for closure does not have a direct relationship with the model; however, a three-way interaction suggests that a more complex relationship may exist. These results give the Common Ingroup Identity Model more applicability within real-world situations. The findings also add to previous research on need for closure's relationship with prejudice reduction and suggest that its impact may be limited to techniques focused on intergroup contact.

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