Expecting to be the target of prejudice: Implications for interethnic interactions

J. Nicole Shelton, Jennifer A. Richeson, Jessica Salvatore

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Abstract

Two studies investigated the implications of ethnic minorities' prejudice expectations for their affective and behavioral outcomes during interethnic interactions. In both studies, the more ethnic minorities expected Whites to be prejudiced, the more negative experiences they had during interethnic interactions. This finding held true for chronic prejudice expectations in a diary study of college roommates (Study 1) and for situationally induced prejudice expectations in a laboratory interaction (Study 2). In Study 2, the authors extended this work to examine the relationship between ethnic minorities' prejudice expectancies and their White partners' psychological experience during interethnic interactions. Consistent with predictions, the more ethnic minorities expected Whites to be prejudiced, the more their White partners had positive experiences during interethnic interactions. These divergent experiences of ethnic minorities and Whites have important implications for the psychological success of interactions between members of these groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1189-1202
Number of pages14
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

Keywords

  • Expectancies
  • Interracial interactions
  • Prejudice
  • Social interactions
  • Stigma

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