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A weight-related growth mindset increases negative attitudes toward obese people

Hooper, Nic, Crumpton, Alison, Robinson, Michael D. and Meier, Brian P. 2018. A weight-related growth mindset increases negative attitudes toward obese people. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 48 (9) , pp. 488-493. 10.1111/jasp.12528

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In implicit personality theory, people with entity views or a fixed mindset perceive characteristics (e.g., intelligence) as uncontrollable, whereas people with incremental views or a growth mindset perceive characteristics as controllable. In addition to other benefits, the literature sometimes suggests that having a growth mindset will protect against prejudice, which the current two studies examine in terms of negative attitudes toward obese people. Participants (total N = 501) were randomly assigned to complete a questionnaire assessing attitudes toward an obese or nonobese person and a self-theory questionnaire also assessed ideas about body weight. People with a growth mindset, and not fixed mindset, were more likely to have negative attitudes toward obese individuals, pointing to a potential downside of growth mindset in the obesity domain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0021-9029
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 09:15

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