A stereotype threat account of boys’ academic underachievement

Hartley, B.L. and Sutton, R.M. (2013) A stereotype threat account of boys’ academic underachievement. Child Development, 84 . pp. 1716-1733. ISSN 0009-3920. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Three studies examined the role of stereotype threat in boys’ academic underachievement. Study 1 (children aged 4-10, n = 238) showed that girls from age 4 and boys from age 7 believed, and thought adults believed, that boys are academically inferior to girls. In Study 2 stereotype threat was manipulated by informing children aged 7-8 (n = 162) that boys tend to do worse than girls at school. This hindered boys’ performance on a reading, writing, and math test, but did not affect girls’. In Study 3 stereotype threat was counteracted by informing children aged 6-9 (n= 184) that boys and girls were expected to perform similarly. This improved the performance of boys and did not affect that of girls.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Robbie Sutton
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 10:31
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 00:18
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31283 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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