Stereotype Threat

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  • The concept that if a person associates with a certain group, the person may be at risk of confirming negative stereotypes held about that group. If the negative stereotype about that group is in relation to academic performance, this may in turn affect the person's academic achievements. Stereotype threats have been demonstrated across a wide range of groups. For example, stereotype threats have been demonstrated in the context of race (Steele & Aronson, 1995). When the same difficult items of the Graduate Record Examination were given to African Americans and Caucasians, one third of participants were told that the test measured verbal ability and the other participants were told the test measured psychological factors in problem solving. While Caucasian students performed very similarly under both ...

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