Maintaining A Positive self-image by stereotyping others: Self-threat and the stereotype content model

Julie Collange, Susan T. Fiske, Rasyid Sanitioso

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-149
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Cognition
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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