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The (limited) role of trait-based stereotypes in predicting atttudes toward Native Peoples

Haddock, Geoffrey, Zanna, M. P. and Esses, V. M. 1994. The (limited) role of trait-based stereotypes in predicting atttudes toward Native Peoples. British Journal of Social Psychology 33 (1) , pp. 83-106. 10.1111/j.2044-8309.1994.tb01012.x

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Abstract

Three studies examined the role of trait-laden stereotypes (i.e. beliefs concerning the characteristics or attributes of target group members) and other components of inter-group attitudes in predicting evaluations of Native peoples in Canada. In Studies 1 and 2, measures of stereotypes, symbolic beliefs, affect, and attitudes toward Native peoples were assessed. The results revealed that although stereotypes, on their own, were associated with attitudes, they contributed little unique variance upon the addition of symbolic beliefs and affective associates. However, in both studies, the three predictor measures accounted for relatively little variance. In order to see if we could increase our predictive power, a third study explored the influence of behavioural information on attitudes and discovered that the quality (but not the frequency) of past experiences with Native peoples was associated with subjects' attitudes. Implications of the current findings for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: British Psychological Society
ISSN: 0144-6665
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/38426

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