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The contributions of stereotype threat research to social psychology

Pennington, Charlotte Rebecca

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Stereotype threat describes the experience of being viewed through the lens of a negative stereotype. This social psychological phenomenon demonstrates the deleterious effects that negative societal stereotypes can exert on performance. The current article provides a general overview of the past two decades of stereotype threat research, and highlights the generality of these effects across a diverse range of tasks and populations. This article also appraises critically the mechanisms that have been proposed to moderate and mediate stereotype threat effects, interventions developed to ameliorate it, and provides future avenues for research. This theory showcases the importance of recognising how our social world, and not inherent differences between groups, may underwrite social inequality. In addition to its contribution to the field of social psychology, this theory has far-reaching implications for schools and educational reform, particularly in reducing achievement gaps among minority groups.


Pennington, C. R. (2015). The contributions of stereotype threat research to social psychology. PsyPAG Quarterly, 10-14

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2015
Publication Date Dec 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 8, 2019
Journal PsyPAG Quarterly
Print ISSN 1746-6016
Publisher British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 97
Pages 10-14
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available in PsyPAG Quarterly at


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