Uncertainty reduction theory suggests that people identify most strongly with a group if they feel a high level of self-uncertainty and the group is highly entitative. This study proposed that being a fan is such an integral part of self-identity that when their team faces an uncertain future, fans have higher self-uncertainty. The results indicate that fans of teams facing uncertain futures (promotion or relegation) showed significantly higher levels of self-uncertainty and identified significantly more with their fellow fans than did fans of teams facing a certain future. Implications of this research for the role of uncertainty and social identity in football fans are discussed.
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2008|
|Event||2008 Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society - Dublin, Eire|
Duration: 1 Feb 2008 → …
|Conference||2008 Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society|
|Period||1/02/08 → …|