Reporting discrimination in public and private contexts

Charles Stangor, Katherine L. Van Allen, Janet K. Swim, Gretchen B. Sechrist

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The authors tested the hypothesis that members of stigmatized groups would be unwilling to report that negative events that occur to them are the result of discrimination when they are in the presence of members of a nonstigmatized group. Supporting this hypothesis, women and African Americans were more likely to report that a failing grade assigned by a man or a European American was caused by discrimination, rather than by their own lack of ability, when they made the judgment privately and in the presence of a fellow stigmatized group member. However, they were more likely to indicate that the cause of the failure was lack of ability, rather than discrimination, when they expected to make these judgments aloud in the presence of a nonstigmatized group member.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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