Aspects of Social Context as Determinants of Black Women's Resistance to Challenges


Psychology Department, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410.


In the past, social psychological researchers have generally treated sex and race as independent status characteristics. The utility of this unidimensional model is questioned. Literature examining sex and race differences in status which then predict behavior (specifically resistance to influence) is reviewed to demonstrate the inadequacy of separating the effects of these characteristics. The importance of sex and race as both personal and contextual characteristics is then discussed.