Entitativity and prejudice: Examining their relationship and the moderating effect of attitude certainty

Anna-Kaisa Newheiser, Nicole Tausch, John F. Dovidio, Miles Hewstone

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Abstract

Previous research suggests that perceived entitativity, which represents the degree to which groups are perceived to possess unity, coherence, and organization, predicts intergroup stereotyping and bias. The present research yielded complementary evidence that prejudice (toward Muslims in Study I and toward South Asians in Study 2) can also predict groups' perceived entitativity. In particular, Study I found that the relationships of two predictors, intergroup contact and social dominance orientation, with perceived entitativity were mediated by prejudice. Study 2 demonstrated. as predicted, that this set of relationships occurred primarily for intergroup attitudes of relatively high certainty. Neither study found support for models in which entitativity mediated the relationships of the predictors with prejudice. Conceptual and analytical factors that may account for evidence of the potential bi-directionality of the bias-entitativity relationship are considered. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)920-926
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • Perceived entitativity
  • Prejudice
  • Attitude certainty
  • Intergroup relations
  • Social dominance orientation
  • Intergroup contact
  • Muslims
  • SOCIAL-DOMINANCE ORIENTATION
  • INTERGROUP CONTACT
  • INGROUP ENTITATIVITY
  • MODEL
  • IDENTIFICATION
  • UNCERTAINTY
  • PERCEPTION
  • ANXIETY
  • INDEXES
  • BIAS

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