Distinction Between Prejudice and Stereotyping for Negative In- Group Attitudes

Manal Aboargob, University of Texas at El Paso


There are conflicting findings for disadvantaged group members’ attitudes towards their group. Some studies suggest that disadvantaged groups have positive in-group attitudes, while other studies suggest they have negative in-group attitudes, or even outgroup favoritism. This may be in part due to the simultaneous measurement of stereotypic and prejudicial attitudes, and I suggest that studying their distinction might better explain the discrepancy found in the literature. Further, research has yet to look at how differences in personal attitudes versus perception of public attitudes is related to the differing results found in disadvantaged group attitudes. In the proposed study, it is hypothesized that Latinos have negative in-group attitudes, and that they hold distinct prejudicial vs. stereotypic attitudes. Further, it is hypothesized that perceptions of public attitudes are related to participants’ negative prejudicial in-group attitudes. To test these hypotheses, two identically structured priming tasks that separately measure prejudicial and stereotypic attitudes will be used, along with self-reported measurement of Latinos’ perceptions of public regard of their group. I found support that prejudice and stereotyping are distinct measures of in-group attitudes. There was no support for other hypotheses. Implications are discussed.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Psychology|Sociology

Recommended Citation

Aboargob, Manal, "Distinction Between Prejudice and Stereotyping for Negative In- Group Attitudes" (2023). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI30493923.