Capella University Social Identity Questionnaire Analysis

Capella University Social Identity Questionnaire Analysis

Capella University Social Identity Questionnaire Analysis


Social identity theory (SIT) is based social psychologist Henry Tajfel’s view that a person’s self-concept is based in part on group membership. The premise of SIT is that individual identities develop in the context of social groups of people with similar characteristics who typically share a sense of unity. A related concept is a social category, which is a group of people who may not interact but who share similar characteristics. The creation of group identities can result in “in-group” and “out-group” categorizations, with a tendency to view one’s own group positively. For this assignment, you will compare two sets of results from a social identity survey.



For this assignment, think about the number of social groups and/or categories to which you belong. Consider some of these broad categories as part of your social identity:

  • Race or ethnicity.
  • Religion, spirituality, or personal belief system.
  • Ability or disability.
  • Sex or gender roles.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Age.
  • Social class.
  • Physical attributes.
  • Other.

Complete the My Social Identity Questionnaire (linked in Resources) and then ask someone with a different cultural background from yours to complete the questionnaire as well. As indicated by the above categories, for this assignment, culture can mean many things, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, or sexual preference.

After considering the responses carefully, write a short analysis (2–3 pages of content) organized as follows:

  • Title page.
  • Abstract.
  • Introduction.
  • Comparison and contrast of My Social Identity Questionnaire responses.
  • Possible explanations for the similarities and difference in the responses.
  • Application of concepts from the course readings and/or other scholarly material to further analyze both of your responses.
  • Reflections about what you need to learn, consider, and/or do differently to increase your cultural competence.
  • Summary and Conclusion.
  • References.


  • Include a minimum of 2 scholarly resources to support your assertions.
  • Follow APA style and formatting guidelines throughout. An APA-style template is linked in Resources for your convenience.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

Refer to the helpful links in Resources as you prepare your assignment. Review the scoring guide to ensure you meet all criteria before completing your submission.

Consider saving your assignment in your ePortfolio.


Tajfel, H. (1978). The achievement of inter-group differentiation. In H. Tajfel (Ed.), Differentiation between social groups (pp. 77–100). London, England: Academic Press.




My Social Identity Questionnaire Think about the various aspects of your social identity and how these have contributed to the person you are today. Also, consider how your life may have been different if your profile were different (another race or ethnicity, sex, social class, and so on). 1. Race or Ethnicity. Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese 2. Religion, Spirituality, or Personal Belief System. Catholic 3. Ability or Disability. No disabilities 4. Sex or Gender Roles. Female, head of household, single mom 5. Sexual Orientation. Heterosexual 6. Age. 38 7. Social Class. Middle class 8. Physical Attributes. 5’4 in height, brown skin, brown eyes, black hair 9. Other. Questions 1. What did you notice about your profile? 2. Which social identities do you think about often? 3. Which social identities do you rarely contemplate? 4.