J. Nicole Shelton and Rebecca E. Stewart, Department of Psychology, Princeton University.
CONFRONTING PERPETRATORS OF PREJUDICE: THE INHIBITORY EFFECTS OF SOCIAL COSTS
Article first published online: 12 AUG 2004
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 215–223, September 2004
How to Cite
Shelton, J. N. and Stewart, R. E. (2004), CONFRONTING PERPETRATORS OF PREJUDICE: THE INHIBITORY EFFECTS OF SOCIAL COSTS. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28: 215–223. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2004.00138.x
Support for this study came from an internal grant from Princeton University awarded to Rebecca Stewart. We are grateful to Dale Miller, Deborah Prentice, Jennifer Richeson, and Stephanie Rowley for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper.
- Issue published online: 12 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 12 AUG 2004
- Initial submission: July 5, 2003 Initial acceptance: October 3, 2003 Final acceptance: December 22, 2003
The purpose of this research is to investigate the extent to which social costs influence whether or not targets of prejudice confront individuals who behave in a prejudiced manner during interpersonal interactions. Consistent with our predictions, we found that although women believe they will confront perpetrators of prejudice regardless of the social costs, in reality, they are less likely to confront male perpetrators in high social cost situations. Implications for how targets cope with prejudice and discrimination are discussed.