Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
Department or School
Rusty McIntyre, Ph.D.
Natalie Dove, Ph.D.
Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.!
This study examined stereotype threat for students from the LGBTQ+ community. Stereotype threat can cause negative effects regarding performance and can influence the expression of social behaviors. This project observed differences between LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ identifying groups who believe the study tests performance stereotypes for LGBTQ+ students (or not), on a quantitative test, as well as for responses about social behaviors. I postulated that LGBTQ+ individuals under threat will perform more poorly on the test, and exhibit more problematic social behaviors. In the current study, some participants were assigned to a control condition and were given a diagnostic test, while others were assigned to the threat condition and were given a pilot test after being threatened. Results showed that the test only demonstrated a main effect of lower performance for all participants when the test was described as diagnostic of performance. Additionally, results showed that members of the LGBTQ+ community exhibited more negative experiences as compared to non-LGBTQ+ identifying individuals regardless of test condition. Past research has shown the serious negative consequences of stereotype threat within other marginalized groups, so administering this study within the LGBTQ+ community strengthens existing research.
Laporte, Chloe, "Stereotype threat within the LGBTQ+ community" (2023). Senior Honors Theses and Projects. 775.