Ostracism–being ignored or excluded by an individual or a group–leads to many negative consequences that can impact individuals behaviorally, physiologically, and cognitively. Considering these consequences, research over ostracism has turned to how individuals can cope with this painful experience. The current study investigated combining religion and touch to cope with ostracism. Participants first played Cyberball, where they were either included or ostracized, and then completed the Need Satisfaction Scale. Afterwards, the participants received a fake error message and were told that they needed to complete the questionnaire again on paper. During this process the touch condition was introduced. Participants were randomly assigned to touch either a religious object or a control object. Finally, participants completed a measure of aggression. It was predicted that ostracized individuals who touched a religious object would be less aggressive than those who touched a control object. The hypothesis was not supported.
|Commitee:||Hance, Margaret, Wilkinson, Wayne, Biondilillo, Kristin|
|School:||Arkansas State University|
|Department:||Psychology and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Aggression, Ostracism, Religious coping|
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