Self-stereotyping in the context of multiple social identities

Stacey Sinclair, Curtis D. Hardin, Brian S. Lowery

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This research examines self-stereotyping in the context of multiple social identities and shows that self-stereotyping is a function of stereotyped expectancies held in particular relationships. Participants reported how others evaluated their math and verbal ability and how they viewed their own ability when their gender or ethnicity was salient. Asian American women (Experiment 1) and European Americans (Experiment 2) exhibited knowledge of stereotyped social expectancies and corresponding self-stereotyping associated with their more salient identity. African Americans (Experiment 3) exhibited some knowledge of stereotyped social expectancies but no corresponding self-stereotyping. Correlational evidence and a 4th experiment suggest that self-stereotyping is mediated by the degree to which close others are perceived to endorse stereotypes as applicable to the self.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-542
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Relationships
  • Self categorization
  • Self stereotyping
  • Shared reality
  • Stigma


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