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A Primer on the benefits of differential treatment analysis when predicting discriminatory behavior

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Doi: 10.20982/tqmp.14.3.p193

Carlsson, Rickard , Agerström, Jens , Williams, Donald , Burns, Gary N.
Keywords: Discrimination; attitudes; stereotypes; prejudice; methodology
Tools: R
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A central question in social psychology is to what extent individual differences in attitudes, prejudices, and stereotypes can predict discriminatory behavior. This is often studied by simply regressing a measure of behavior toward a single group (e.g., behavior toward Black people only) onto the predictors (e.g., attitude measures). In the present paper, we remind researchers that an analysis focusing on predicting the differential treatment (e.g., behavior towards Black people vs. White people) has a higher conceptual validity and will result in more informative effect sizes. The paper is concluded with a list of suggestions for future research on the link between attitudes, prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination.

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