ERIC Number: ED269652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Gender Differences in the Response to Injustice.
Bessette, Janelle M.; And Others
There has been virtually no investigation of the differences between male and female responses to unjust conditions. This study is a meta-analysis of those studies investigating the conditions under which individuals will assume responsibility for lower outcomes under unjust discriminatory practices. Three conditions were investigated which included varying levels of social support, differences in perceived self-competence, and differences in perceived efficacy. Subjects (N=324) were fifth and sixth grade girls and boys who volunteered to do a special project on secret codes. Subjects worked on different decoding methods which constituted advantage and disadvantage manipulations. Little evidence was found that females were more likely than males to deny the injustice of a discriminatory procedure. Disadvantaged males and females were equally likely to deny their victimization under conditions of no support and feelings of low self-competence. Under conditions of social support and competence, advantaged males and females were equally likely to protest or not protest on behalf of the victims. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Boston, MA, March 21-24, 1985).