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We'll never get past the glass ceiling! Meta-stereotyping, world-views and perceived relative group-worth


Correspondence should be addressed to Chuma Owuamalam, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, JalanBroga 43500 Semenyih, Selangor, DarulEhsan, Malaysia (e-mail:


This article examines the implications of perceived negativity from members of a dominant outgroup on the world views and perceived relative group worth of members of disadvantaged groups. We hypothesized that concerns about the negative opinions a dominant outgroup is perceived to hold of the ingroup (i.e., meta-stereotypes) would undermine group members' views about societal fairness. We expected this trend to be mediated by recall of previous personal experiences of discrimination. We further hypothesized that members' views about societal fairness would predict their perception of the ingroup's worth relative to the outgroup – such that undermined views about societal fairness would be associated with lower perceived ingroup worth relative to the outgroup. Taken jointly, results from two studies using two real intergroup contexts support these hypotheses and are discussed in terms of their implications for the social mobility of members of disadvantaged groups.