Gender And Social Stigma Of Loneliness Essay

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Gender stereotypes have long been a cause of judgment of individual performance in academic, athletic, and professional situations. Society has constructed and reinforced concepts of the quintessential male and female and their respective roles in the community. The expectations for each sex may incidentally affect their performance and success, especially when tasks seem to deviate from stereotypical gender roles. This experiment explores the effect of these judgments in stereotyped career settings.
Lau and Gruen (1992) investigated the connection between gender and the social stigma of loneliness. In their design, they considered how the target person’s gender and the gender of the participants themselves influenced the perception of loneliness. They randomly assigned participants to read and answer questions about a non-lonely female, lonely female, non-lonely male, or lonely male target person. Following the descriptions in both experiments were questionnaires containing scales that asking participants to rank the target person on factors of general loneliness, adjustment, sociability, achievement, and attractiveness. In general, lonely targets were perceptively less likeable, attractive, and social than non-lonely targets. The most significant interactions were such that lonely male target persons were generally rated as much less likeable and sociable than lonely females. Additionally, female participants gave more severe ratings of lonely targets than male
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