The Breadth of Confrontations as a Prejudice Reduction Strategy

Kimberly E. Chaney, Diana T. Sanchez, Nicholas P. Alt, Margaret J. Shih

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Past research on prejudice confrontations as a prejudice reduction tool has only examined bias that was implicated in the confrontation, such as the use of negative Black stereotypes after being confronted for using negative Black stereotypes. Examining the breadth of prejudice confrontations, we hypothesize that confronted individuals should subsequently use fewer negative and positive stereotypes about other racial minority groups, and fewer stereotypes about groups stigmatized along other identity dimensions (e.g., gender). In two studies, White participants confronted for the use of negative Black stereotypes used fewer negative Latino stereotypes (Study 1), positive Black, but not Asian, stereotypes and fewer gender role stereotypes (Study 2). Additionally, participants confronted for female gender role stereotypes subsequently used fewer negative Black and Latino stereotypes 24–72 hr later due to greater racial egalitarian motivation (Study 3). Thus, prejudice confrontations have a broad effect on reducing bias toward multiple stigmatized groups across identity dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-322
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


  • confrontation
  • generalized prejudice
  • racial bias


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