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Hostile sexism (de)motivates women's social competition intentions: the contradictory role of emotions

By Eleni Lemonaki, Antony Stephen Reid Manstead and Gregory Richard Maio


In the present research, we examine the ways in which exposure to hostile sexism influences women's competitive collective action intentions. Prior to testing our main model, our first study experimentally induced high versus low levels of security-comfort with the aim of providing experimental evidence for the proposed causal link between these emotions and intentions to engage in social competition. Results showed that lower levels of security-comfort reduced women's readiness to compete socially with men. Experiment 2 investigated the effect of hostile sexism on women's emotional reactions and readiness to engage in social competition. Consistent with the proposed model, results showed that exposure to hostile beliefs about women (1) increased anger-frustration and (2) decreased security-comfort. More specifically, exposure to hostile sexism had a positive indirect effect on social competition intentions through anger-frustration, and a negative indirect effect through security-comfort

Topics: BF Psychology, HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: 'Wiley'
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1111/bjso.12100
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Provided by: ORCA
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