The Role of Respect and Need to Belong in Group Investment and Motivational Focus
Mahecha-Rowntree, Lauren A.
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AbstractThis study investigated the role of respect and need to belong in group investment and motivational focus by examining belongingness needs, group contributions and motivational focus in a sample that received respectful treatment versus a sample that did not receive respectful treatment. We hypothesized that group members that did not receive respect would exhibit higher belongingness needs. We also hypothesized that when engaging in group-serving behaviors, the motivations of members that did not receive respect would be group-focused rather than self-focused when belongingness needs were high.
Participants were recruited online using the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform and then directed to a Qualtrics online survey website. Self-report questionnaire format was used to capture information about the participants’ feelings on belongingness, social standing and group membership. Group-serving behavior was measured using virtual money used in an investment task. Results demonstrated significantly higher levels of thwarted belongingness and self-focused motivations in group members that did not receive respect as compared to group members that did receive respect. The findings from this study offer new insight and a unique perspective into the interconnected areas of respect, group investment motivation and the fundamental need to belong.
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