The personal/group discrimination discrepancy: The role of informational complexity

Kimberly A. Quinn*, Neal J. Roese, Ginger L. Pennington, James M. Olson

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The personal/group discrimination discrepancy (PGDD) refers to the tendency of disadvantaged group members to report higher levels of discrimination against their group in general than against themselves personally as members of that group. In two studies, the authors examined the cognitive mechanisms that underlie the PGDD. In Experiment 1, the authors demonstrated that the PGDD emerges from a divergence in the comparison standards on which personal and group judgments are made and that specifying that the same standards be used far both types of judgments eliminates or reduces the PGDD. In Experiment 2, the authors demonstrated that the magnitude of the PGDD was a function of the degree of informational complexity in the comparison targets. Implications for conceptualizations of the PGDD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1430-1440
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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