Selective Self-Stereotyping

  • Biernat M
  • Vescio T
  • Green M
  • 91


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 96


    Citations of this article.


In an examination of group members' responses to the threat of negative in-group characterizations, sorority/fraternity members were asked to rate themselves, their own sorority/fraternity, sororities/ fraternities in general, and students in general on attributes that were stereotypic of sororities/ fraternities. Results showed that individuals selectively self-stereotyped - they embraced positive stereotypes as highly descriptive of themselves and their closest in-groups but rejected negative stereotypes. They did not, however, deny that negative stereotypes were accurate or valid - they continued to accept them as typical of sororities/fraternities in general. This represents a protective, creative response to the threat posed by exposure to negative group attributes, in which self-stereotyping as a result of self-categorization is selective rather than complete.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Monica Biernat

  • Theresa K. Vescio

  • Michelle L. Green

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free