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Individual differences in discrimination expectations moderate the impact of target stereotypically black physical features on racism - related responses in Blacks

Johnson, James D. and Lecci, L. and Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2013) Individual differences in discrimination expectations moderate the impact of target stereotypically black physical features on racism - related responses in Blacks. The Journal of Black Psychology, 39 (6). pp. 560-584. ISSN 0095-7984

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    Abstract

    Two experiments assess the extent that targets’ stereotypically Black physical features and individual differences in perceiver discrimination expectations influence racism-related responses. In Experiment 1, 115 Black college students read about an ambiguously racist workplace situation. Participants reported their hostile emotions and racism attributions. In Experiment 2, 121 Black college students read about two White police officers who physically harm a Black male. Participants reported their experience of empathy for the Black target. In both experiments, stereotypically Black physical features of the Black target were experimentally manipulated and individual differences in discrimination expectations were assessed. More stereotypically Black physical features elicited greater racism attributions, greater hostile emotions, and more empathy for the target, and in all cases the impact was stronger for Blacks with low discrimination expectations relative to those with high discrimination expectations. When person related variables are especially salient, the influence of situational factors is necessarily reduced. Specifically, our findings demonstrate the insensitivity to racism-related situational cues that may be most pervasive for Blacks with high discrimination expectations.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: James Johnson
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 11:19
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:28
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/6993
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