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Implications of Burdensomness Expectancies for Avoidance in Interracial Interaction

Title: The Implications of Burdensomness Expectancies for Avoidance in Interracial Interaction.
Name(s): Doerr, Celeste, author
Plant, E. Ashby, professor directing dissertation
McCabe, Janice, university representative
Ehrlinger, Joyce, committee member
Maner, Jon, committee member
Carbonell, Joyce, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: I proposed that burdensomeness expectancies are subtle concerns about bearing the burden of explanation on behalf of one's group that promote avoidance in interracial interactions. Two preliminary studies demonstrated that burdensomeness expectancies are a particular concern for Black/African American individuals and are related to avoidance of interracial contact. In Study 3, I examined whether burdensomeness expectancies could be alleviated and whether doing so would decrease Black participants' avoidance toward a White confederate. Participants viewed videos in which a White peer, with whom they expected to interact, expressed culturally sensitive or insensitive opinions. A control group saw a video in which the confederate did not discuss race. I assessed self-reported desire to avoid the interaction, avoidance-focused and approach-focused self-regulatory intentions, ratings of confederates, as well as participants' verbal and nonverbal approach-related behaviors in a video greeting they prepared. The manipulation failed to influence burdensomeness expectancies as intended and did not influence the dependent variables. Theoretical and methodological considerations for future work are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0720 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2010.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: November 1, 2010.
Keywords: African-American, Burdensomeness Expectancies, Interracial Interactions, Racial and Ethnic Relations
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: E. Ashby Plant, Professor Directing Dissertation; Janice McCabe, University Representative; Joyce Ehrlinger, Committee Member; Jon Maner, Committee Member; Joyce Carbonell, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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