Presentation Title

Enculturation: Resilience to Stereotype Threat?

Faculty Mentor

Jaclyn Rodriguez

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

Markstein 213

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

A variety of past literature has established the negative effects of stereotype fulfillment and how the knowledge of the existence of a negative stereotype about one’s social group can greatly decrease one’s achievement - a phenomenon otherwise known as stereotype threat. Stereotype threat functions as a result of the individual attempting to avoid fulfilling a stereotype that exists about their social group, which results in decreased performance. The consequences of stereotype threat are far-reaching and can even convince individuals to alter their future aspirations - which affects the experiences of students of color and whether or not they are disadvantaged in the academic setting. This study sought to explore whether or not enculturation (the process whereby individuals come to understand and identify with their culture) is associated with resilience to stereotype threat. In other words, are students of a minority background whose socialization includes enculturation (identifiable through behaviors such as taking identity-exploring courses, participating in cultural traditions, etc.) still susceptible to stereotype threat, and if so, to what degree? Participants with higher and lower levels of enculturation were either primed with stereotype conditions or not prior to completing a typical intellectual task. Results showed no main effects for level of enculturation or condition.

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Nov 23rd, 10:30 AM Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM

Enculturation: Resilience to Stereotype Threat?

Markstein 213

A variety of past literature has established the negative effects of stereotype fulfillment and how the knowledge of the existence of a negative stereotype about one’s social group can greatly decrease one’s achievement - a phenomenon otherwise known as stereotype threat. Stereotype threat functions as a result of the individual attempting to avoid fulfilling a stereotype that exists about their social group, which results in decreased performance. The consequences of stereotype threat are far-reaching and can even convince individuals to alter their future aspirations - which affects the experiences of students of color and whether or not they are disadvantaged in the academic setting. This study sought to explore whether or not enculturation (the process whereby individuals come to understand and identify with their culture) is associated with resilience to stereotype threat. In other words, are students of a minority background whose socialization includes enculturation (identifiable through behaviors such as taking identity-exploring courses, participating in cultural traditions, etc.) still susceptible to stereotype threat, and if so, to what degree? Participants with higher and lower levels of enculturation were either primed with stereotype conditions or not prior to completing a typical intellectual task. Results showed no main effects for level of enculturation or condition.