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Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2018 Jul;44(7):972-983. doi: 10.1177/0146167218759288. Epub 2018 Apr 16.

Theory of Prejudice and American Identity Threat Transfer for Latino and Asian Americans.

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1 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.
2 Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA.


Latinos and Asian Americans confront similar stereotypes as they are often presumed to be foreigners and subjected to American identity denial. Across six studies (total N = 992), we demonstrate that Latinos and Asians anticipate ingroup prejudice and specific types of subordination (e.g., American identity threat) in the face of outgroup threats that target one another (i.e., stigma transfer). The studies explore whether stigma transfer occurred primarily when shared Latino and Asian stereotype content was a salient component of the prejudice remark (e.g., foreigner stereotypes; Study 3), or when outgroup prejudice targeted a social group with shared stereotype content (Study 4), though neither appeared to substantively moderate stigma transfer. Minority group members who conceptualize prejudiced people as holding multiple biases (i.e., a monolithic prejudice theory) were more susceptible to stigma transfer suggesting that stereotype content is not necessary for stigma transfer because people assume that prejudice is not singular.


Asian Americans; Latino Americans; ethnicity/culture; intraminority relations; stereotypes; stigma

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