Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Sechrist, G. B. 2010. Discrimination. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Discrimination is negative behavior directed at individuals or at groups of individuals because of their social group membership. Discrimination is based on social categories to which individuals do not generally choose to belong. Such social categories include gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, stigma, age, and physical appearance. Although it is normal to favor people who are similar to us (e.g., young children frequently play within gender groups and people date and marry primarily within their own race), discrimination involves unfair, unwarranted, and unjustifiable treatment of others.
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