Does task-related identified regulation moderate the sociometer effect? : a study of performance feedback, perceived inclusion, and state self-esteem

Authors: Guay, FrédéricDelisle, Marie-NoëlleFernet, ClaudeJulien, ÉtienneSénécal, Caroline
Abstract: The aim of this study was to understand the processes explaining the effects of private performance feedback (success vs. failure) on state self-esteem from the stance of sociometer theory and self-determination theory. We investigated whether or not the effect of private performance feedback on state self-esteem was mediated by perceived inclusion as a function of participants’ level of task-related identified regulation (i.e., importance of the activity for oneself). Ninety participants were randomly assigned to one of the following three conditions: failure, success, or control. Our regression analyses based on both original and bootstrap samples indicate that perceived inclusion does not mediate the effect of feedback on state self-esteem for individuals high in task-related identified regulation. Such an effect only operates for individuals low in task-related identified regulation. In sum, our results show that the perceived inclusion process proposed by sociometer theory applies more when individuals find that the activity is less important for them (i.e., identified regulation).
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 January 2008
Open Access Date: 11 May 2017
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Social Behavior and Personality, Vol. 36 (2), 239–253 (2008)
Society for Personality Research
Alternative version: 10.2224/sbp.2008.36.2.239
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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