How the process of emotion regulation in powerless groups looks like? Marcin Bukowski from our Centre together with colleagues from Spain, Chile, and the Netherlands tried to answer this question in their studies published lately in ‘Polish Psychological Bulletin’. The researchers showed that members of powerless groups reduce negative emotions when they perceive status differences as illegitimate and ascribe stereotypes to the outgroup. By contrast, when status differences are legitimized people maintain negative emotions over time, and support more negative action tendencies towards the outgroup after expressing outgroup stereotypes. The authors found also fear reduction and its maintenance in illegitimate and legitimate conditions, accordingly.
Abovementioned issues are discussed in the paper available here (full text). Enjoy reading!