Abrams, D. and Crisp, R.J. and Marques, S. and Fagg, E. and Bedford, L. and Provias, D. (2008) Threat inoculation: Experienced and imagined intergenerational contact prevent stereotype threat effects on older people’s math performance. Psychology and Aging, 23 (4). pp. 934-939. ISSN 0882-7974 .
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The authors hypothesized that experienced and imagined intergenerational contact should improve older people's math test performance under stereotype threat. In Experiment 1 (N = 5 1, mean age = 69 years), positive prior contact with grandchildren eliminated stereotype threat, which was mediated partially by reduced test-related anxiety. In Experiment 2 (N = 84. mean age = 72 years), the effect of threat on performance was significantly improved when participants merely imagined intergenerational contact, a situation again mediated by reduced anxiety. Previous research established that intergroup contact improves intergroup attitudes. The findings show that intergroup (intergenerational) contact also provides a defense against stereotype threat.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||intergenerational contact; stereotype threat; test performance; imagined contact|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology|
|Depositing User:||Anna Johns|
|Date Deposited:||05 Feb 2010 13:48|
|Last Modified:||06 Sep 2011 04:43|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23650 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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