Building blocks of bias: Gender composition predicts male and female group members' evaluations of each other and the group

Tessa V. West, Madeline E. Heilman, Lindy Gullett, Corinne A. Moss-Racusin, Joe C. Magee

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Abstract

The present research examined how a group's gender composition influences intragroup evaluations. Group members evaluated fellow group members and the group as a whole following a shared task. As predicted, no performance differences were found as a function of gender composition, but judgments of individuals' task contributions, the group's effectiveness, and desire to work with one's group again measured at a 10-week follow-up were increasingly negative as the proportion of women in the group increased. Negative judgments were consistently directed at male and female group members as indicated by no gender of target effects, demonstrating that men, simply by working alongside women, can be detrimentally affected by negative stereotypes about women. Implications for gender diversity in the workplace are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1209-1212
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume48
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Group processes
  • Intergroup relations
  • Stereotyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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