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The interaction of vertical collectivism and stereotype activation on the performance of Turkish-origin high school students

Mok, Sog Yee and Martiny, Sarah E. and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Deaux, Kay and Froehlich, Laura (2017) The interaction of vertical collectivism and stereotype activation on the performance of Turkish-origin high school students. Learning and Individual Differences, 56. pp. 76-84. ISSN 1041-6080

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Abstract

The activation of negative stereotypes in achievement situations can lead to decreased performance (i.e., stereotype threat effect). Research has shown that stereotype threat effects increase when performance outcomes become more important. Cultural value orientations such as vertical collectivism can influence the perceived importance of performance outcomes. For this reason, we investigate the interaction between vertical collectivism and the activation of negative stereotypes on the academic performance of migrant students. More precisely, we argue that the more Turkish-origin students endorse vertical collectivism (i.e., the willingness to sacrifice individual interests for their group's interests), the more they try to meet their group's high achievement expectations after negative stereotype activation. This increases performance pressure and thus impairs their performance. We further argue that vertical collectivism increases migrants students' motivation to temporarily join a high performing outgroup in order to achieve high performance outcomes in the future. An experiment conducted in classrooms (N = 94) with Turkish-origin students confirmed our hypotheses. Implications for dealing with stereotype threat in educational contexts are discussed

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10416...
Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier Inc
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Sets: Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.lindif.2017.05.002
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 15:22
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 15:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/81590

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