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When does it hurt? Intergroup permeability moderates the link between discrimination and self-esteem

Abstract : Research shows that personal discrimination and group discrimination have distinct effects on personal self-esteem. Specifically, whereas personal discrimination negatively impacts self-esteem, group discrimination increases it. We suggest that this pattern is dependent on the socio-structural context in which individuals experience discrimination. To test this hypothesis, we manipulate intergroup permeability and examine its impact on the link between personal/group discrimination and personal self-esteem. Results show that a control condition replicates previous research, that is, a positive association between group discrimination and self-esteem and a negative association for personal discrimination. The positive association of group discrimination disappeared in a permeable context and reversed when the context was presented as impermeable. Moreover, the deleterious effect of personal discrimination on self-esteem vanished in impermeable contexts. Results are discussed in light of the literature on stigmatization.
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David Bourguignon, Vincent Yzerbyt, Cátia P. Teixeira, Ginette Herman. When does it hurt? Intergroup permeability moderates the link between discrimination and self-esteem. European Journal of Social Psychology, Wiley, 2015, 45 (1), pp.3-9. ⟨10.1002/ejsp.2083⟩. ⟨hal-01453267⟩

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