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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

The Impact of Ostracism on Stigma Consciousness and Rejection Sensitivity

Ostracism- the act of socially excluding or ignoring another individual- is a powerful social phenomenon (Williams, Cheung, & Choi, 2000). Previous research indicates that being the target of ostracism is a debilitating experience that negatively impacts individuals psychologically (Williams et al., 2000; Zadro, Williams, & Richardson, 2004). The current work seeks to establish a connection between ostracism and stigma consciousness- the level of self-consciousness that an individual holds regarding their stigmatized or undervalued social status (Pinel, 1999). Specifically, it is predicted that the extent to which females are aware of their stigmatized status will be related to a tendency to perceive and attribute ostracism to their stigmatized status. Rejection sensitivity- the level to which an individual expects, perceives, and overreacts to rejection (Downey & Feldman, 1996) will be examined as a possible mediator in the relationship between stigma consciousness and reactions to ostracism. Results and implications will be discussed.

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Presenter: Kayleigh Neff (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 1:15 pm Session III