Examining the Catch-22 for working women: The role of stereotype threat in evaluations of women who are gender congruent versus gender incongruent

Megan Turnbull (2011). Examining the Catch-22 for working women: The role of stereotype threat in evaluations of women who are gender congruent versus gender incongruent Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Megan Turnbull
Thesis Title Examining the Catch-22 for working women: The role of stereotype threat in evaluations of women who are gender congruent versus gender incongruent
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Courtney von Hippel
Total pages 75
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary For women in the workplace the path to leadership appears to be a no-win situation. Working women face a Catch-22 as they can encounter discrimination regardless of adherence or non-adherence to traditional gender roles. This thesis aimed to determine if stereotype threat has a differential impact upon female employees’ evaluations of other women who are gender congruent vs. gender incongruent. In the present online study, male and female scientists employed in government departments (N=192) were either stereotype threatened or not stereotype threatened and then asked to read and rate descriptions of two target employees. All participants rated both a gender congruent (characteristically feminine) women and a gender incongruent (characteristically masculine) woman. Contrary to predictions stereotype threat did not have a differential impact upon evaluations. Implications of the current research are discussed and suggestions for future research are suggested.
Keyword Workplace discrimination
Stereotype threat in evaluations of women
Gender congruent vs. gender incongruent

 
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