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Not just words: Exposure to homophobic epithets leads to dehumanizing and physically distancing homosexuals

Fasoli, F, Paladino, MP, Carnaghi, A, Jetten, J, Bastian, B and Bain, P (2016) Not just words: Exposure to homophobic epithets leads to dehumanizing and physically distancing homosexuals European Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (2). pp. 237-248.

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Abstract

We examined whether homophobic epithets (e.g., faggot) function as labels of deviance for homosexuals that contribute to their dehumanization and physical distance. Across two studies, participants were supraliminally (Study 1) and subliminally (Study 2) exposed to a homophobic epithet, a category label, or a generic insult. Participants were then asked to associate human-related and animal-related words to homosexuals and heterosexuals. Results showed that after exposure to a homophobic epithet, compared with a category label or a generic insult, participants associated less human-related words with homosexuals, indicating dehumanization. In Study 2, we also assessed the effect of a homophobic epithet on physical distance from a target group member and found that homophobic epithets led to greater physical distancing of a gay man. These findings indicate that homophobic epithets foster dehumanization and avoidance of gay people, in ways that other insults or labels do not.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Fasoli, Ff.fasoli@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Paladino, MPUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Carnaghi, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jetten, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bastian, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bain, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : March 2016
Identification Number : 10.1002/ejsp.2148
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Derogatory labels, Deviance, Dehumanization, Homophobia, Physical distance
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:47
Last Modified : 18 May 2017 12:44
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/829254

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