publication . Article . Other literature type . 1989

Social stigma and self-esteem: The self-protective properties of stigma.

Jennifer Crocker; Major, B.;
  • Published: 01 Jan 1989
Although several psychological theories predict that members of stigmatized groups should have low global self-esteem, empirical research typically does not support this prediction. It is proposed here that this discrepancy may be explained by considering the ways in which membership in a stigmatized group may protect the self-concept It is proposed that members of stigmatized groups may (a) attribute negative feedback to prejudice against their group, (b) compare their outcomes with those of the ingroup, rather than with the relatively advantaged outgroup, and (c) selectively devalue those dimensions on which their group fares poorly and value those dimensions ...
free text keywords: General Psychology, Ingroups and outgroups, Psychology, Social group, Outgroup, Self-stereotyping, Attributional ambiguity, Social psychology, Developmental psychology, Collective self-esteem, Social stigma, Prejudice (legal term)
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