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Stereotype threat and interpersonal interactions: Implications for cross-gender selection interviews

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This study aimed to expand research on stereotype threat into the domain of intergroup interactions by manipulating fear of appearing sexist for male participants interviewing female participants in a mock selection interview. Males were instructed to avoid sexist behaviour, or not. Following the interview, participants completed self- and partner-ratings of social skills and interview skills. Counter to a stereotype threat prediction, males under threat rated their social skills more positively than males in the control condition. This positive effect did not spread to females. Male ratings of female performance were further moderated by desire to respond without sexism. The findings are discussed with reference to a model of intergroup contact. Pro-diversity norms, familiarity with the outgroup, ease of task, contrast effects, and beliefs regarding the controllability of behaviour may have increased motivation and self-efficacy so that males under threat were able to successfully modulate their behaviour.
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