Reducing stereotype threat by blurring intergroup boundaries

Rosenthal, H.E.S. and Crisp, R.J. (2006) Reducing stereotype threat by blurring intergroup boundaries. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,, 32 (4). pp. 501-511. ISSN 0146-1672 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The authors aimed to establish whether interventions designed to reduce intergroup bias could be applied to the stereotype threat domain. In three experiments, the hypothesis was tested that blurring intergroup boundaries would reduce stereotype threat. In the first study, it was found that female participants who thought about characteristics shared between the genders tended to show less preference for stereotypical female careers than did participants in the baseline condition. In. Experiment 2, participants who thought. about overlapping characteristics answered more math questions correctly compared to a baseline group and Participants who thought, about differences between the genders. In experiment 3, a. specific threat manipulation was included. Participants who completed the overlapping characteristics task before receiving the threat completed significantly more math questions correctly than did participants in the baseline and threat conditions. The findings support the idea that interventions designed to reduce intergroup bias can be applied successfully in the reduction of stereotype threat.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: stereotype threat; social categorization; math performance; career preference; gender differences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2008 17:05
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:15
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4420 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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