The Moderating Effect of Self-Esteem in Reaction to Voice: Converging Evidence from Five Studies

Joel Brockner, Phyllis A. Siegel, Christopher Martin, Thomas Reed, Larry Heuer, Batia Wiesenfeld, Steven Grover, Svali Bjorgvinsson

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Abstract

It has been posited that high self-esteem persons (high SEs) are more confident than low sel-esteem persons (low SEs) of their capability to provide meaningful input in a decision process. If this is so, then high SEs should be more influenced by their perceived level of voice, relative to low SEs. Survey data from 4 field studies showed that voice was more positively related to various dependent variables among high SEs than low SEs. In Study 5, the authors experimentally manipulated voice as well as participants' beliefs about their capability to provide meaningful input. As expected, voice had a greater impact on the reactions of participants who were led to believe that they were more capable of providing meaningful input. Theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-407
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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