The impact of implicit prejudice about the elderly on the reaction to stereotype confirmation and disconfirmation

Castelli, L., Zecchini, A., De Amicis, L. and Sherman, S. J. (2005) The impact of implicit prejudice about the elderly on the reaction to stereotype confirmation and disconfirmation. Current Psychology, 24(2), pp. 134-146. (doi: 10.1007/s12144-005-1012-y)

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Previous research demonstrated that perceivers explicitly condemn ingroup members who use racial stereotypes but that they are implicitly more likely to favor those ingroup members rather than ingroup members who do not use racial stereotypes (Castelli et al., 2001). The present study has two main goals. First, we want to investigate whether the same effects can be detected in the domain of ageism. In particular, we predicted that young adults would implicitly but not explicitly favor a young male who describes an old man in a stereotype-consistent way rather than in a stereotypeinconsistent way. Most importantly, we hypothesized that this tendency is related to participants’ prejudice level as assessed through an implicit measure (IAT, Greenwald et al., 1998), so that high prejudice individuals will implicitly favor stereotypere and derogate ingroup members who use stereotype-inconsistent information. Results provide general support for the hypotheses, and their implications for stereotype maintenance and change are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Preparation of this paper was supported by a research grant from the University of Padova to the first author (CPDG018859).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:De Amicis, Dr Leyla
Authors: Castelli, L., Zecchini, A., De Amicis, L., and Sherman, S. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Current Psychology
ISSN (Online):1936-4733

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