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Selective self-stereotyping

Biernat M, Vescio T, Green M ...see all

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 71, issue 6 (1996) pp. 1194-1209

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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.

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  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cognitive Science
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Self Assessment (Psychology)
  • Self Concept
  • Social Conformity
  • Social Identification
  • Stereotyping
  • analysis of variance
  • article
  • female
  • human
  • male
  • peer group
  • psychology
  • self concept
  • self evaluation
  • social behavior
  • social psychology

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  • Monica Biernat

  • Theresa K. Vescio

  • Michelle L. Green

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