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A weight-related growth mindset increases negative attitudes toward obese people

Hooper, Nic; Crumpton, Alison; Robinson, Michael; Meier, Brian

Authors

Nic Hooper Nic.Hooper@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Alison Crumpton

Michael Robinson

Brian Meier



Abstract

© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. In implicit personality theory, people with entity views or a fixed mindset perceive characteristics (e.g., intelligence) as uncontrollable, whereas people with incremental views or a growth mindset perceive characteristics as controllable. In addition to other benefits, the literature sometimes suggests that having a growth mindset will protect against prejudice, which the current two studies examine in terms of negative attitudes toward obese people. Participants (total N = 501) were randomly assigned to complete a questionnaire assessing attitudes toward an obese or nonobese person and a self-theory questionnaire also assessed ideas about body weight. People with a growth mindset, and not fixed mindset, were more likely to have negative attitudes toward obese individuals, pointing to a potential downside of growth mindset in the obesity domain.

Citation

Hooper, N., Crumpton, A., Robinson, M., & Meier, B. (2018). A weight-related growth mindset increases negative attitudes toward obese people. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48(9), 488-493. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12528

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 26, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 21, 2018
Publication Date Sep 1, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2019
Journal Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Print ISSN 0021-9029
Electronic ISSN 1559-1816
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 9
Pages 488-493
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12528
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/859936
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12528
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Hooper, N., Crumpton, A., Robinson, M. and Meier, B. (2018) A weight-related growth mindset increases negative attitudes toward obese people. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. ISSN 0021-9029], which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12528. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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