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Mark Rubin
Social psychologist who works in the areas of social identity, stereotyping, prejudice, and social exclusion.
Social psychologist who works in the areas of social identity, stereotyping, prejudice, and social exclusion.
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If Collectivists like Social Groups, and Cities are Social Groups, do Collectivists like Cities?
Do you like the place where you live? Maybe its got great architecture, its clean and crime free, the housing is cheap, and/or the nightlife is good? But maybe your liking for the place is also related to something else - your own tendency to identify with ...

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New study finds lower social status causes less social contact and more depression in university students

In some recently published research, my colleagues and I investigated the effects of first-year university students’ subjective social status on their mental health and well-being. Subjective social status was assessed as students’ ranking of themselves relative to others in terms of their money, education, and occupation. Our results showed that lower social status causes poorer mental health (depression) and that social contact with university friends helps to explain this relationship. In particular, the lower students’ social status, the less contact they have with university friends, and the worse their mental health and well-being. These findings are important because social status is a key aspect of social class and socioeconomic status. Hence, our findings speak to the mental health of low SES undergraduate students. A key implication of our results is that improving the social integration of low SES students at university may be an important way of improving the mental health and well-being of these students.

For a copy of the published article, please visit: http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2016.35.9.722

For a self-archived version, please visit: http://bit.ly/2fe8DGA



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Lower Social Status Causes Less Social Contact and More Depression in Uni Students
A person’s subjective social status reflects how they rank themselves relative to others in their community. Social status can be considered to be a psychological dimension of social class and socioeconomic status, and it has been shown to be positively rel...

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Lower Social Status Causes Less Social Contact and More Depression in Uni Students
A person’s subjective social status reflects how they rank themselves relative to others in their community. Social status can be considered to be a psychological dimension of social class and socioeconomic status, and it has been shown to be positively rel...

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Older Women, Deeper Learning, and Greater Satisfaction at University

New research published in the APA’s Journal of Diversity in Higher Education finds that older women engage in deeper learning at university and experience greater satisfaction with their degree as a result: http://bit.ly/1exLfKf

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Older Women, Deeper Learning, and Greater Satisfaction at University

“The ‘ideal learner’, from an institutional view, is young, well-resourced and not bound by conflicting family obligations” (Mallman & Lee, 2014, p. 3). However, some recent research published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education challenges this view. If we consider “ideal learners” to be active, independent, critical, and inquisitive students who go beyond the set curriculum, then older women should be regarded as more ideal than younger women and men of all ages.

http://markrubinsocialpsychologyresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/older-women-deeper-learning-and-greater.html

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Older Women, Deeper Learning, and Greater Satisfaction at University
“The ‘ideal learner’, from an institutional view, is young, well-resourced and not bound by conflicting family obligations” ( Mallman & Lee, 2014, p. 3 ). However, some recent research published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education challenges thi...

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Congratulations to Dr Samineh Sanatkar
Congratulations to Dr Samineh Sanatkar on being awarded her PhD today. Samineh’s thesis is titled “When does independent problem-solving have negative psychological effects?” and it shows that independent and interdependent problem-solving are related to ne...

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Mates Make Groups for Individualists But Not for Collectivists
Humans are an incredibly groupy type of animal. We form psychologically-meaningful groups based on our gender, age, nationality, religion, politics, skin colour, occupation, sexual inclination, and sports teams, to name just a few. Even in the artificial en...

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Social identity theory proposes that the need for self-esteem motivates group members to protect and enhance the positivity of their group. In our recently published chapter, Sarah Martiny and I explain this self-esteem hypothesis in detail, discuss its caveats and limitations, and present a reformulated version. For a self-archived (free!) copy of our chapter, please visit: http://bit.ly/SITSEH
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