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Allied Against Discrimination: Testing the Effect of Stigma Type on Perceptions of Allies and Targets Who Confront Prejudice
April 12, 2016
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What are the costs to those who stand up for targets of prejudice? In our study, we examined how the onsequences of confronting prejudice differ for allies of either African Americans or overweight people. Since research on confrontation and allyship demonstrates that social identities of targets and allies interact to predict these consequences, we also evaluated how perceptions of the ally are influenced by the weight (Study 1) or race (Study 2) of both allies and participants. We presented participants with a scenario depicting an incident of weight bias or racial prejudice, after which participants provided their impression of the ally who confronted discrimination in the scenario. Ultimately, this research furthers our understanding of the consequences that allies may face as a function of their social status and the type of prejudice they confront, while also improving understanding of the ally characteristics most preferred by different targets of prejudice.
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This project was funded by a Perry Summer Research Award