With friends like these... The role of prejudice and situational norms on discriminatory helping behavior

Masser, Barbara and Moffat, Kieren B. (2006) With friends like these... The role of prejudice and situational norms on discriminatory helping behavior. Journal of Homosexuality, 51 2: 121-138. doi:10.1300/J082v51n02_07

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Author Masser, Barbara
Moffat, Kieren B.
Title With friends like these... The role of prejudice and situational norms on discriminatory helping behavior
Journal name Journal of Homosexuality   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-8369
Publication date 2006-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J082v51n02_07
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 138
Total pages 18
Editor J. De Cecco
Place of publication Binghamton, N.Y. U.S.A.
Publisher Haworth Press Inc
Language eng
Subject C1
380105 Social and Community Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract An experiment was conducted to examine the impact of homophobic attitudes and situational norms for helping on discriminatory behavior against a gay male. In a partial replication of Frey and Gaertner (1986), participants were asked to provide help to a confederate portrayed to be either gay or heterosexual who either requested help for himself (ambiguous situational norm) or for whom a third party requested help (unambiguous situational norm). Participants' levels of homophobia were assessed either before or after the main helping task. The results indicated that when norms for helping were ambiguous those participants higher in homophobia discriminated against the gay male, but only on subtle indicators of discrimination. In the unambiguous norm condition, participants higher in homophobia discriminated against the heterosexual male. Those lower in homophobia did not discriminate under either norm condition. The results show that it may be sufficient for those with prejudiced attitudes just to believe that it is not the wrong thing to do for their attitudes to be translated into some form of discriminatory behavior.
Keyword Prejudice
Homophobia
Situational Norms
Discrimination
Normative Conduct
Racial Prejudice
Focus Theory
Gay Men
Expression
Activation
Attitudes
Opinions
Strategy
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Q-Index Code C1

 
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