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Prototypes and same-gender bias in perceptions of hiring discrimination
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6456-5735
Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9967-9030
2018 (English)In: Journal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-4545, E-ISSN 1940-1183, Vol. 158, no 3, p. 285-297Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study investigated the relative importance of two explanations behind perceptions of gender discrimination in hiring: prototypes and same- gender bias. According to the prototype explanation, people perceive an event as discrimination to the extent that it fits their preconceptions of typical discrimination. In contrast, the same-gender bias explanation asserts that people more readily detect discrimination toward members of their own gender. In four experiments (n = 797), women and men made considerably stronger discrimination attributions, and were moderately more discouraged from seeking work, when the victim was female rather than male. Further, a series of regressions analyses showed beliefs in discrimination of women to be moderately correlated with discrimination attributions of female victims, but little added explanatory value of participant gender, stigma consciousness, or feminist identification. The results offer strong support for the prototype explanation. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 158, no 3, p. 285-297
Keywords [en]
Gender, In-group bias, Perceived discrimination, Prototypes
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67323DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2017.1341374ISI: 000428207700002PubMedID: 28614000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-67323DiVA, id: diva2:1134758
Available from: 2017-08-21 Created: 2017-08-21 Last updated: 2018-04-13Bibliographically approved

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