Title

Group identification and University Involvement

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-18-2011

Publication Source

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Volume

41

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

798-822

DOI

10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00736.x

Abstract

Campus involvement has been identified as an important predictor of academic persistence and success. We propose a group identification approach to campus involvement and present the results of 3 studies. Study 1 established that group identity was strongly related to campus involvement. Study 2 determined that group identity mediated the relationship between student residency (on-campus vs. off-campus) and campus involvement. Study 3 replicated the prior results, but used a longitudinal design to help rule out alternative explanations. We conclude that group identification, particularly the affective component, plays an important role in campus involvement, and offer suggestions for enhancing group identification and for further research.

Disciplines

Psychology

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