The present study examines how target groups' stereotype content (on warmth and competence dimensions) influences subsequent target evaluation following self-threat related to one's competence. Participants first received threatening or nonthreatening feedback on their competence. They then evaluated a job candidate who was stereotyped either as competent and cold (Asian) or as warm and incompetent (working mother). As predicted, threatened participants derogated only the Asian target on her perceived warmth and her suitability for a job, but did not derogate the working mother. Moreover, perceived warmth mediated the observed differences in the evaluation of the targets' job suitability. These results extend research on self-threat and prejudice by including the Stereotype Content Model in this link.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology