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Stereotyping by Omission: Eliminate the Negative, Accentuate the Positive.

Author(s): Bergsieker, Hilary B.; Leslie, Lisa M.; Constantine, Vanessa S.; Fiske, Susan T.

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dc.contributor.authorBergsieker, Hilary B.-
dc.contributor.authorLeslie, Lisa M.-
dc.contributor.authorConstantine, Vanessa S.-
dc.contributor.authorFiske, Susan T.-
dc.identifier.citationBergsieker, Hilary B, Leslie, Lisa M, Constantine, Vanessa S, Fiske, Susan T. (2012). Stereotyping by omission: Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102 (6), 1214 - 1238. doi:10.1037/a0027717en_US
dc.description.abstractCommunicators, motivated by strategic self-presentation, selectively underreport negative content in describing their impressions of individuals and stereotypes of groups, particularly for targets whom they view ambivalently with respect to warmth and competence. Communicators avoid overtly inaccurate descriptions, preferring to omit negative information and emphasize positive information about mixed individual targets (Study 1). With more public audiences, communicators increasingly prefer negativity omission to complete accuracy (Study 2), a process driven by selfpresentation concerns (Study 3), and moderated by bidimensional ambivalence. Similarly, in an extension of the Princeton Trilogy studies, reported stereotypes of ethnic and national outgroups systematically omitted negative dimensions over 75 years—as anti-prejudice norms intensified— while neutral and positive stereotype dimensions remained constant (Study 4). Multiple assessment methods confirm this stereotyping-by-omission phenomenon (Study 5). Implications of negativity omission for innuendo and stereotype stagnation are discussed.en_US
dc.format.extent1214 - 1238en_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Personality and Social Psychologyen_US
dc.rightsAuthor's manuscripten_US
dc.titleStereotyping by Omission: Eliminate the Negative, Accentuate the Positive.en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US

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