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dc.contributor.authorKhan, S.S.
dc.contributor.authorHopkins, N.
dc.contributor.authorReicher, S.
dc.contributor.authorTewari, S.
dc.contributor.authorSrinivasan, N.
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, C.
dc.identifier.citationKhan , S S , Hopkins , N , Reicher , S , Tewari , S , Srinivasan , N & Stevenson , C 2015 , ' Shared identity predicts enhanced health at a mass gathering ' , Group Processes and Intergroup Relations , vol. 18 , no. 4 , pp. 504-522 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 209627562
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 8dd888eb-e5ac-4fb6-98a8-34262eb2bfa2
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84931353827
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000356422600005
dc.descriptionThe authors thank the ESRC for funding (RES-062-23-1449).en
dc.description.abstractIdentifying with a group can impact (positively) upon group members’ health. This can be explained (in part) through the social relations that a shared identity allows. We investigated the relationship between a shared identity and health in a longitudinal study of a month-long pilgrimage in north India. Questionnaire data (N = 416) showed that self-reported health (measured before, during, and after the event) was better at the event than before, and although it reduced on returning home, it remained higher than before the event. This trajectory was predicted by data concerning pilgrims’ perceptions of a shared identity with other pilgrims at the event. We also found evidence that a shared identity amongst pilgrims had an indirect effect on changes in self-assessed health via the belief one had closer relations with one’s fellow pilgrims. We discuss the implications of these data for our understandings of the role of shared identity in social relations and health.
dc.relation.ispartofGroup Processes and Intergroup Relationsen
dc.rightsCopyright 2014 the Authors. This is an open access article published under the CC BY attribution licence (
dc.subjectLongitudinal researchen
dc.subjectMass gatheringsen
dc.subjectSelf-assessed healthen
dc.subjectShared identityen
dc.subjectSocial relationshipsen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleShared identity predicts enhanced health at a mass gatheringen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.The University of St Andrewsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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