The International Conference on Social Identity and Health 5 was held at Nottingham Trent University on 22nd and 23rd June, 2022. On the 21st June there were also some pre-conference presentations and a Groups4Health Training Workshop.

This page is a collection of resources that I've put together from those days.

Links to further conference resources

ICSIH website -https://icsih.com/

Search the Twitter Hashtag #ICSIH5


University of Queensland Groups4Health Homepage - https://sign.centre.uq.edu.au/project/groups-4-health

Groups 4 Health – Amplifying the Benefits of Social Prescribing in Reducing Loneliness

Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., Haslam, S. A., Dingle, G., & Chang, M. X. L. (2016). Groups 4 Health: Evidence that a social-identity intervention that builds and strengthens social group membership improves mental health. Journal of affective disorders, 194, 188-195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.01.010

Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., Chang, M. X. L., Bentley, S. V., Haslam, S. A., Dingle, G. A., & Jetten, J. (2019). GROUPS 4 HEALTH reduces loneliness and social anxiety in adults with psychological distress: Findings from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 87(9), 787. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/ccp0000427


Fig: Comparison of the odds of decreased mortality across conditions associated with mortality. The positive effects of social connectedness are comparable to those associated with quitting smoking, and exceed the negative effects for obesity, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity.

Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., & Layton, J. B. (2010). Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review. PLoS medicine, 7(7), e1000316. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316

Fig: The actual v perceived rankings of importance of factors for health. Taken from the evidence base (Holt-Lunstad et al, 2010) and a sample of about 500 members of the general public.

Haslam, S. A., McMahon, C., Cruwys, T., Haslam, C., Jetten, J., & Steffens, N. K. (2018). Social cure, what social cure? The propensity to underestimate the importance of social factors for health. Social Science & Medicine, 198, 14-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.12.020

Key Papers

These are a few papers that I gained more insight into from being at ICSIH5. For a more extensive list see Social Identity Theory

Bentley, S. V., Greenaway, K. H., Haslam, S. A., Cruwys, T., Steffens, N. K., Haslam, C., & Cull, B. (2020). Social identity mapping online. Journal of personality and social psychology, 118(2), 213. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/pspa0000174

Fransen, K., Cruwys, T., Haslam, C., Iserbyt, P., Seghers, J., Vanderlinden, J., ... & Boen, F. (2022). Leading the way together: a cluster randomised controlled trial of the 5R Shared Leadership Program in older adult walking groups. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 19(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-022-01297-x

Steffens, N. K., Rue, C. J. La, Haslam, C., Walter, Z. C., Munt, K. A., Haslam, S. A., … Tarrant, M. (2019). Social identification-building interventions to improve health : A systematic review and meta- analysis. Health Psychology Review, 0(0), 1–66. https://doi.org/10.1080/17437199.2019.1669481

Stuart, A., Stevenson,C., Koschate, M., Cohen, J., Levine , M. (2021) ‘Oh no, not a group!’ The factors that lonely or isolated people report as barriers to joining groups for health and well-being. British Journal of Health Psychology https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12536


Haslam, C., Steffens, N. K., Branscombe, N. R., Haslam, S. A., Cruwys, T., Lam, B. C., ... & Yang, J. (2019). The importance of social groups for retirement adjustment: evidence, application, and policy implications of the social identity model of identity change. Social issues and policy review, 13(1), 93-124. https://doi.org/10.1111/sipr.12049

Haslam, S. A., Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., Jetten, J., Bentley, S. V., Fong, P., & Steffens, N. K. (2022). Social identity makes group-based social connection possible: Implications for loneliness and mental health. Current Opinion in Psychology, 43, 161-165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.07.013

Stevens, M., Cruwys, T., Haslam, C., & Wang, V. (2021). Social group memberships, physical activity, and physical health following retirement: A six‐year follow‐up from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. British Journal of Health Psychology, 26(2), 505-524. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12506

Steffens, N. K., Jetten, J., Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., & Haslam, S. A. (2016). Multiple social identities enhance health post-retirement because they are a basis for giving social support. Frontiers in psychology, 7, 1519. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01519

osf Homepage - https://osf.io/huv4w/

ICSIH5 Twitter Accounts


The next International Conference on Social Identity and Health is due to be held in 2024 at The University of Limerick.

For details see https://icsih.com/ and on twitter, @growth_ul, @OrlaMuldoon, @ULPsych, @grace_mc7, @dr_aisling_od


A week after ICSIS5, the IntConf of SI in SPORT was held in Liverpool - Twitter hashtag #ICSIS3