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Expressive suppression as an obstacle to social change: Linking system justification, emotion regulation, and collective action

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dc.contributor.author Solak, Nevin
dc.contributor.author Tamir, Maya
dc.contributor.author Sumer, Nebi
dc.contributor.author Jost, John T.
dc.contributor.author Halperin, Eran
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-14T13:40:43Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-14T13:40:43Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06
dc.identifier.issn 0146-7239
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-021-09883-5
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12485/776
dc.description.abstract Research on system justification theory suggests that justifying the societal status quo decreases negative emotions, leading to less collective action. In this investigation, we propose that the degree to which negative emotions mediate the link between system justification and collective action may depend upon whether individuals tend to suppress the expression of their negative emotions. We tested this hypothesis in the diverse socio-political contexts of Turkey, Israel, and the U.S. In one correlational study (Study 1) and three experimental studies (Studies 2-4), we observed that the link between system justification and willingness to participate in collective action through anger (Studies 1-2 and 4) and guilt (Study 3) was moderated by expressive suppression. We found that negative emotions mediated the association between system justification and collective action among those who suppress the expression of their emotions less frequently, but not those who use expressive suppression more frequently. These findings suggest that emotion regulation may undermine, rather than facilitate, efforts to engage in collective action even among people who are low in system justification. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS233 SPRING ST, NEW YORK, NY 10013 en_US
dc.subject System justification en_US
dc.subject Emotion regulation en_US
dc.subject Expressive suppression en_US
dc.subject System-based anger en_US
dc.subject Collective guilt en_US
dc.subject Collective action en_US
dc.title Expressive suppression as an obstacle to social change: Linking system justification, emotion regulation, and collective action en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal MOTIVATION AND EMOTION en_US


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