AUM and an initial test of self-interrogation: translating the effects of anxiety, uncertainty and powerlessness to transform information seeking strategies.

An earlier study on ideological uncertainty and racist message composition specified self-interrogation, feelings of anxiety, ability to predict the situation, self and others and feelings of powerlessness as an expansion of Uncertainty Reduction Theory. This study presents an initial test of self-interrogation. Three hypotheses are deduced and tested. The results provide theoretical links between oppression and factors of influence to information seeking strategies. Self-interrogation, a new strategy, is strongly associated with feelings of anxiety. So in instances where anxiety was high, regardless of incident type, race or gender, self-interrogation is significantly used more than the other strategies. Interestingly, perpetrators race and gender are related to selection strategy choice.