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Maintaining distinctions under threat: Heterosexual men endorse the biological theory of sexuality when equality is the norm

Falomir-Pichastor, JM and Hegarty, P (2013) Maintaining distinctions under threat: Heterosexual men endorse the biological theory of sexuality when equality is the norm British Journal of Social Psychology.

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Abstract

According to social identity theory, group members sometimes react to threats to their group's distinctiveness by asserting the distinctiveness of their group. In four studies (n = 261) we tested the hypothesis that heterosexual men with a greater propensity to be threatened by homosexuality would react to egalitarian norms by endorsing biological theories of sexuality. Heterosexual men, but not women, with narrow prototypes of their gender in-group endorsed biological theories the most (Study 1). Heterosexual men with higher gender self-esteem, with heterosexist attitudes, who endorsed traditional gender roles, and with narrow prototypes of their gender in-group, endorsed the biological theories more when egalitarian norms rather than anti-egalitarian norms (Studies 2 and 3) or pro-minority ideologies that emphasized group differences (Study 4) were made salient. These findings show group-level reactive distinctiveness among members of a high-status group in a context of threat to the unique privileges that they once enjoyed. © 2013 The British Psychological Society.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Falomir-Pichastor, JMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hegarty, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : October 2013
Identification Number : 10.1111/bjso.12051
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Falomir-Pichastor JM, Hegarty P. (2013) Maintaining distinctions under threat: Heterosexual men endorse the biological theory of sexuality when equality is the norm. British Journal of Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12051, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12051
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Oct 2014 09:10
Last Modified : 16 Oct 2015 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804667

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