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Deflecting Stereotype Threat Through Downward Comparison: When Comparison with Immigrants Boosts the Performance of Stigmatized Native Students

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Konan, Paul N’Dri
Moraru, Andreea
Published in Social Justice Research. 2011, vol. 24, no. 2, p. 191-205
Abstract Two experiments examined the effect of comparison with immigrants on the intellectual performance of stigmatized native students (i.e., women and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds). It was predicted that such a comparison may boost the test performance of both groups of students rather than comparison with their counterparts who are not stigmatized. In line with this hypothesis, we found that female European students (Study 1) performed better on a math test when they were led to compare with a female immigrant rather than with another female European student. Study 2 replicated this finding in regard to the performance of native students with low socioeconomic status on a general intelligence test. Results are discussed in terms of stereotype susceptibility predicaments and their implications for native-immigrant performance gaps.
Keywords ImmigrantsStigmatized native studentsPerformance boost
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KONAN, Paul N’Dri et al. Deflecting Stereotype Threat Through Downward Comparison: When Comparison with Immigrants Boosts the Performance of Stigmatized Native Students. In: Social Justice Research, 2011, vol. 24, n° 2, p. 191-205. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20277

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