Studying a heterogeneous array of target groups can help us understand prejudice.

M.J. Brandt, J.T. Crawford

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Abstract

Prejudice can be expressed towards a wide array of target groups, but it is often operationalized as expressed towards a narrower array of groups. By studying a heterogeneous array of target groups we can draw broader conclusions about prejudice writ large. We describe our research which seeks to understand constructs that consistently predict prejudice across a wide array of groups (consistent predictors), as well as those constructs that only predict prejudice for some types of groups (inconsistent predictors). For inconsistent predictors, we can also identify the perceived characteristics of the target groups (e.g., status, ideology) that are associated with expressed prejudice. Studying a heterogenous array of target groups opens up new questions related to morality, cognitive processing, and perceived discrimination, but also suggests that prejudice, depending on the group, can be a motivating force preserving the status quo or prompting social change.
Keywords: prejudice, representative samples, groups, ideology, personality
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-298
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Studying a heterogeneous array of target groups can help us understand prejudice. / Brandt, M.J.; Crawford, J.T.

In: Current Directions in Psychological Science, Vol. 28, No. 3, 01.06.2019, p. 292-298.

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