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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

The Role of Perceived Deservingness and Inclusiveness in Majority Group Members Responses to Pride Displays

Individuals can experience two types of pride: hubristic and authentic (Tracy&Robbins, 2004), and perceiving these two dimensions of pride in others has been shown to predict willingness to engage in both positive and negative behavior toward outgroup members (Ratcliff & Pittinsky, 2008). Nevertheless, this research does not elucidate the mechanism whereby perceived pride influences support or harm toward minority groups. We examined the impact of perceived deservingness and inclusiveness of the pride display in predicting both emotional reactions and willingness to engage in proactive support. Thereby, fifty-one heterosexual undergraduate students viewed a video clip of a Gay Pride parade and completed measures of perceived pride, perceived deservingness, perceived inclusiveness, and willingness to engage in both proactive support and harm toward gay men and women. Results revealed that believing the group deserved to feel pride, and feeling included predicted positive emotional reactions toward and proactive support for, gay men and lesbians.

Presenter: Kimberly Gawron (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 12 Hartwell
Time: 11 am (Session II)

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