Rocking the Boat: The Effects of Status Change on Helping Behaviors within Hierarchical Groups
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Series/Report no.:2016 Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum. 30th
When examining how people behave within hierarchies, researchers commonly take a snapshot of the current hierarchy, overlooking the status shifting that may have just occurred. The current research takes a more dynamic perspective to status within groups, examining how the experience of individual status change, both status loss and status gain (as compared to not changing in status), influences helping behaviors within hierarchical groups. Namely, I argue there are asymmetries in how helping behaviors are influenced by status change. That is, individuals who lose status will help less than individuals whose status does not change; however, individuals who gain status will not necessarily help commensurately more. I have conducted two studies which together test the asymmetry effect of status change on helping, provide evidence for why this asymmetry occurs (i.e., changes in other orientation: the tendency for people to focus on collective qualities or joint inputs contributing to the group’s success), and identify a critical boundary condition for the effect (i.e., source of change: whether status change is framed as being due to a personal change or due to a relative others’ change).
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