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Forecasting the Primary Dimension of Social Perception: Symbolic and Realistic Threats Together Predict Warmth in the Stereotype Content Model

Author(s): Kervyn, Nicolas; Fiske, Susan T.; Yzerbyt, Vincent

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Abstract: The Stereotype Content Model (SCM) posits two fundamental dimensions of intergroup perception, warmth and competence, predicted by social-structural dimensions of competition and status, respectively. However, the SCM has been challenged on claiming perceived competition as the socio-structural dimension that predicts perceived warmth. The current research improves by broadening warmth’s predictor (competition) to include both realistic and symbolic threat from Integrated Threat Theory (Study 1). We also measure two components of the warmth dimension: sociability and morality. Study 2 tests new items to measure both threat and warmth. The new threat items significantly improve prediction of warmth, compared with standard SCM items. Morality and sociability correlate highly and do not differ much in their predictability by competition/threat.
Publication Date: 1-Jan-2015
Electronic Publication Date: 1-Jan-2015
Citation: Kervyn, N, Fiske, S, Yzerbyt, V. (2015). Forecasting the primary dimension of social perception: Symbolic and realistic threats together predict warmth in the stereotype content model. Social Psychology, 46 (1), 36 - 45. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000219
DOI: doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000219
ISSN: 1864-9335
EISSN: 2151-2590
Pages: 36 - 45
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Social Psychology
Version: Author's manuscript

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