Social Identity

Complete the Social Identity Questionnaire and ask someone from a different cultural background to do the same. Write a 23 page paper comparing and contrasting your responses to the questionnaire.

Social identity theory (SIT) is based on social psychologist Henry Tajfels view that a persons self-concept is based in part on group membership. The premise of SIT is that individual identities develop in the context of social groups of people with similar characteristics who typically share a sense of unity. A related concept is a social category, which is a group of people who may not interact but who share similar characteristics. The creation of group identities can result in “in-group” and “out-group” categorizations, with a tendency to view ones own group positively.

This assessment requires you to compare aspects of your social identity to those of someone from a different cultural background to gain insights on how social identity can shape personal worldview, experiences, attitudes, and behavior.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Describe the effects of culture, ethnicity, and diversity on the human experience.

Describe personal and interviewee responses to the Social Identity Questionnaire.

Analyze psychological research findings related to culture, ethnicity, and diversity.

Identify possible explanations for the similarities and differences in responses, applying psychological theories or research.

Apply psychological theories to issues affecting culture, ethnicity, and diversity.

Analyze ways to enhance personal cultural competency.
Support analysis by applying psychological theories or research.
Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology.

Cite scholarly evidence correctly according to current APA guidelines.
Write in a manner that is scholarly, clear, and free of grammatical, spelling, and APA formatting errors.
Tajfel, H. (1978). The achievement of inter-group differentiation. In H. Tajfel (Ed.), Differentiation between social groups (pp. 77100). London, England: Academic Press.