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Measuring the Measures

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Boldry, Jennifer G.; Gaertner, Lowell; Quinn, Jeff

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Abstract We meta-analytically synthesized the intergroup variability literature (177 effect sizes, from 173 independent samples, and 12,078 participants) to test the potential moderating effect of 11 measures of perceived variability. Aggregating across the measures, we detected a small but reliable tendency to perceive more variability among ingroup than outgroup members and such outgroup homogeneity was stronger among non-minimal than minimal groups. Furthermore, analyses that distinguished among the 11 measures revealed systematic discrepancies among the patterns of perception detected by those measures. Those systematic discrepancies further varied across social contexts defined by relative group status, with some measures yielding ingroup homogeneity and others outgroup homogeneity. We discuss the possibility that the measures of variability require different mental activities that interact with contextually induced cognitive and motivational processes to yield disparate intergroup perceptions.
Free Keywords group perception; group variability; heterogeneity; ingroup homogeneity; intergroup perception; intergroup status; meta-analysis; outgroup homogeneity; relative group status;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 157-178
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10 (2007) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430207075153
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)