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Whether a religious group membership is shared and salient influences perceived similarity, political support, and helping intention toward refugees, but not charitable donation

Albayrak‐Aydemir, Nihan and Gleibs, Ilka Helene ORCID: 0000-0002-9913-250X (2024) Whether a religious group membership is shared and salient influences perceived similarity, political support, and helping intention toward refugees, but not charitable donation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 54 (3). 175 - 189. ISSN 0021-9029

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jasp.13022

Abstract

This research investigates the ways in which (un)shared religious group memberships contribute to individual helping responses through perceived similarity in the context of a refugee emergency. Across three studies (N = 762), we examined religious sub-groups of British people's helping responses to religious subgroups of Syrian refugees, in quasi-experimental and experimental designs. Overall findings suggest that sharing a religious group membership with refugee targets increases perceived similarity, political support, and helping intention, but not charitable donation—regardless of shared group membership being subtle or salient. However, when refugee targets' religious identity is that of a salient unshared group membership, not sharing a religious group membership reduces perceived similarity, political support, and helping intention, among those who are religious—with again charitable donation remaining unchanged. These results provide critical insights into developing more effective and unique strategies to promote and mobilize support for refugees among different groups of potential helpers.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15591816
Additional Information: © 2024 The Authors
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2024 12:51
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 20:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/121385

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