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Leading scholars from around the world contribute perspectives from social psychology, social neuroscience, developmental psychology, educational psychology, work and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, and social gerontology to provide a comprehensive overview of social exclusion research in different psychological subdisciplines.
From ostracism on the playground to romantic rejection, bullying at work, and social disregard for the aged, individuals are at constant risk of experiencing instances of social exclusion, including ostracism, rejection, dehumanization, and discrimination. These phenomena have a powerful impact as testified by their immediate influence on people's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Social Exclusion: Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Reducing Its Impact investigates different psychological approaches, across multiple psychological subdisciplines, to understanding the causes and consequences of social exclusion and possible ways to reduce or buffer against its negative effects.
The purpose of this volume is threefold. First, it lays the groundwork for the understanding of social exclusion research; reviewing the different instances of social exclusion in everyday life and methods to experimentally investigate them. Second, this volume brings together different psychological approaches to the topic of social exclusion. Leading scholars from around the world contribute perspectives from social psychology, social neuroscience, developmental psychology, educational psychology, work and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, and social gerontology to provide a comprehensive overview of social exclusion research in different psychological subdisciplines. Taken together, these chapters are conducive to the important development of new and more integrative research models on social exclusion. Finally, this volume discusses psychological strategies such as emotion regulation, psychological resources, and brain mechanisms that can reduce or buffer against the negative consequences of social exclusion. From school shootings to domestic violence, from cognitive impairment to suicide attempts, the negative impact of social exclusion has been widely documented. Thus, from an applied perspective, knowing potential ways to mitigate the negative effects of social exclusion can have a significant positive influence on people's-and society's-well-being. Overall, this book provides the reader with the knowledge to understand the impact of social exclusion and with tools to address it across many different contexts. Importantly, Social Exclusion: Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Reducing Its Impact aims to bridge the gap between the approaches of different psychological subdisciplines to this topic, working towards a comprehensive, integrative model of social exclusion.
Paolo Riva is a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Milano-Bicocca. His research interests lie broadly in social influence processes with a specific focus on social exclusion. Specifically, he examines the consequences of exclusion and the possible strategies that can buffer against and reduce its effects. In a related vein, he is also interested in the neuromodulation of emotion regulation processes.
Jennifer Eck is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Mannheim. Her main line of research focuses on social exclusion, with a specific emphasis on psychological strategies that help buffer against the negative impact of social exclusion. Her research interests further include lie detection, the self, and assimilation and contrast.
About the Editors
Introduction: The Many Faces of Social Exclusion
Paolo Riva and Jennifer Eck
I. Social Exclusion as a Field of Research
Chapter 1. Social Exclusion in Everyday Life
Eric D. Wesselmann, Michelle R. Grzybowski, Diana M. Steakley-Freeman,
Eros R. DeSouza, John B. Nezlek, and Kipling D. Williams
Chapter 2. Methods for Investigating Social Exclusion
James H. Wirth
II. Psychological Approaches to Social Exclusion
Chapter 3. Research in Social Psychology: Consequences of Short- and Long-Term Social Exclusion
Michael J. Bernstein
Chapter 4. Research in Social Neuroscience: How Perceived Social Isolation, Ostracism, and Romantic Rejection Affect our Brain
Stephanie Cacioppo and John T. Cacioppo
Chapter 5. Research in Developmental Psychology: Social Exclusion among Children and Adolescents
Laura Elenbaas and Melanie Killen
Chapter 6. Research in Educational Psychology: Social Exclusion in School
Gary W. Ladd and Becky Kochenderfer-Ladd
Chapter 7. Research in Work and Organizational Psychology: Social Exclusion in the Workplace
Jane O'Reilly and Sara Banki
Chapter 8. Research in Clinical Psychology: Social Exclusion and Psychological Disorders
Klint Fung, Colin Xu, Brianne L. Glazier, Carly A. Parsons, and Lynn E. Alden
Chapter 9. Research in Social Gerontology: Social Exclusion of Aging Adults
Elaine Wethington, Karl Pillemer, and Andrea Principi
III. Psychological Strategies and Brain Mechanisms to Reduce the Negative Consequences of Social Exclusion
Chapter 10. Emotion Regulation following Social Exclusion: Psychological and Behavioral Strategies
Chapter 11. Coping with or Buffering against the Negative Impact of Social Exclusion on Basic Needs: A Review of Strategies
Jennifer Eck, Christiane Schoel, and Rainer Greifeneder
Chapter 12. Brain Mechanisms to Regulate Negative Reactions to Social Exclusion
David Chester and Paolo Riva
IV. Final Assessment
Chapter 13. Bridging the Gap between Different Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Reducing the Impact of Social Exclusion
Jennifer Eck and Paolo Riva
"As this volume presents research, its primary readership will be those within the research community. But given the vast array of knowledge presented, the work is of paramount importance to any individual with managerial responsibilities related to the design and implementation of meaningful programs to increase inclusion and decrease exclusion in the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals." (D. Sydiaha, Choice, Vol. 54 (9), May, 2017)
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