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Black Intragroup Empathic Responding to Police Interracial Violence: Effects of Victim Stereo typicality and Blacks' Racial Identification

Johnson, James D. and Lecci, Len and Dovidio, John (2019) Black Intragroup Empathic Responding to Police Interracial Violence: Effects of Victim Stereo typicality and Blacks' Racial Identification. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11 (5). pp. 579-587. ISSN 1948-5506

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    Abstract

    Despite the public outrage in response to police violence against unarmed Black men, work on the psychological dynamics of reactions to these incidents is relatively rare. The present research examined whether empathy for a Black male victim of White police interracial violence would vary as a function of victim stereotypicality (stereotypic/counterstereotypic) and Black participant racial identity. In Study 1, 140 Black participants were recruited from Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). As hypothesized, Black participants low in racial identification reported less empathy for the stereotypical relative to the counterstereotypical victim. Those high in racial identification showed relatively high levels of empathy regardless of the characteristics of the Black victim. Study 2 replicated these effects with 263 Black MTurk participants. This research highlights the value of considering individual differences in the Black observers (racial identification) and the characteristics of Black victims to better understand the psychological processes involved in intragroup responses to police violence.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
    Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 15:51
    Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 15:12
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11692
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