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Chapter 10

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Psychology
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PSYC12H3
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Michael Inzlicht

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Chapter 10 PSYC12 11/04/2011
Prejudice against other groups
-Three main ways we categorize another person upon perceiving them is :
oGender
oRace
oAge
-Attitudes toward overweight persons
oIn the past being overweight was regarded as a symbol of wealth, privilege, and high status
oToday there is more open display of prejudice towards the overweight
One reason might be that an individual who is overweight violates the American ideal of self
denial and self restraint
oResearch has shown that overweight people are seen as lazy, unintelligent, morally inferior, and
having low self esteem
Additional studies have shown parents are less likely to give financial help to overweight
college students (particularly female)
Parents have also shown to discriminate against their own children
Strongest for politically conservative parents who are more likely to endorse anti
overweight attitudes
oStigmatized conditions that are seen as uncontrollable tend to evoke sympathy and compassion
People regard being overweight as controllable and as outward indicator of personal,
intellectual, moral deficiencies
Seeing people who have lost a lot of weight enforces that belief and polarizes the
perceiver’s attitudes against overweight persons
oStudies into anti – fat prejudice have shown :
Perceivers evaluated a male target who stat beside an overweight person more negatively
Land lords would not rent to an obese person (5 / 11)
Anti – fat bias is hard to counteract
Very strong implicit attitudes
When condition was regarded as result of overeating, negative attitudes increased
oNo decrease was observed when they were told it was due to a genetic
condition
-Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay men
oAttitudes of heterosexuals toward lesbian / gays depend on the gender of the respondent of their
evaluation (Kite and Whitley, 1996)
Heterosexual men hold negative attitudes toward gay men than towards lesbians
Heterosexual women hold more prejudicial attitudes against lesbians
oPerception of controllability of one’s sexual orientation has a large role in their attitudes
Half of all Americans believe that homosexuality is a “lifestyle, and that people choose to
be homosexual (Whitley, 1990)
oPeople who are less accepting of gender equality tend to also be less tolerant of gays
oDegree of contact a person has with gays was the most significant predictor of subsequent
homophobia
-Attitude toward the Physically Challenged
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Chapter 10 PSYC12 11042011 Prejudice against other groups - Three main ways we categorize another person upon perceiving them is : o Gender o Race o Age - Attitudes toward overweight persons o In the past being overweight was regarded as a symbol of wealth, privilege, and high status o Today there is more open display of prejudice towards the overweight One reason might be that an individual who is overweight violates the American ideal of self denial and self restraint o Research has shown that overweight people are seen as lazy, unintelligent, morally inferior, and having low self esteem Additional studies have shown parents are less likely to give financial help to overweight college students (particularly female) Parents have also shown to discriminate against their own children Strongest for politically conservative parents who are more likely to endorse anti overweight attitudes o Stigmatized conditions that are seen as uncontrollable tend to evoke sympathy and compassion People regard being overweight as controllable and as outward indicator of personal, intellectual, moral deficiencies Seeing people who have lost a lot of weight enforces that belief and polarizes the perceivers attitudes ag
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