Responding to group-based discrimination: The impact of social structure on willingness to engage in mentoring

Hersby, Mette D., Jetten, Jolanda, Ryan, Michelle K. and Schmitt, Michael T. (2011) Responding to group-based discrimination: The impact of social structure on willingness to engage in mentoring. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14 3: 319-335. doi:10.1177/1368430210384417


Author Hersby, Mette D.
Jetten, Jolanda
Ryan, Michelle K.
Schmitt, Michael T.
Title Responding to group-based discrimination: The impact of social structure on willingness to engage in mentoring
Journal name Group Processes and Intergroup Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-4302
1461-7188
Publication date 2011-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1368430210384417
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 319
End page 335
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In two studies we examined women’s willingness to engage in mentoring as a function of the perceived pervasiveness of gender discrimination and the appraised legitimacy of discrimination. In line with predictions, and confirming predictions from social identity theory, we found that perceiving discrimination against women to be illegitimate enhanced willingness to engage in mentoring when discrimination was seen to be pervasive compared to rare. In contrast, when gender discrimination was appraised as more legitimate, pervasiveness of discrimination attributions did not influence willingness to engage in mentoring. Study 2 provided evidence that the interactive effect of pervasiveness and legitimacy is explained by the extent to which mentoring is conceived of as support for collective goals. The results bring to the fore the impact of perceptions of the social context on women’s responses to career-development initiatives.
Keyword Legitimacy of discrimination
Social identity
Mentoring
Perceived discrimination
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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