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Title: INSPIRATIONAL IMMIGRANTS: HOW UPLIFTING OF MIGRANT WORKERS IMPACT SINGAPOREANS' GOAL PURSUIT
Authors: OUYANG HUIXIANG
Keywords: inspiration, goal pursuit, intergroup relations
Issue Date: 9-Feb-2018
Citation: OUYANG HUIXIANG (2018-02-09). INSPIRATIONAL IMMIGRANTS: HOW UPLIFTING OF MIGRANT WORKERS IMPACT SINGAPOREANS' GOAL PURSUIT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Inspired by previous research which observed qualities such as optimism, resilience and grit in immigrants, the current thesis sought to investigate the psychological effects of presenting immigrants as inspirational figures. Literature on inspiration describes the process of inspiration in two components – being inspired by and being inspired to. We proposed that immigrants in Singapore, especially migrant workers, will inspire locals, and locals will be inspired to pursue their personal goals with higher motivation. A pilot study surveyed members of the public to collect information on immigrants’ traits and behaviours that Singaporeans viewed as inspiring, which was then used to develop vignettes. The protagonist’s nationality was manipulated in the vignettes, creating three conditions (Bangladeshi, British and Singaporean). In two experimental studies conducted on Singaporean undergraduates, participants were more inspired by the Bangladeshi protagonist, compared to a British or a Singaporean protagonist. The effect of the protagonist’s nationality on participants’ goal-striving motivation was significantly mediated by state inspiration.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144269
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