Social Context in a Collective IRAP Application about Gender Stereotypes: Mixed Versus Single Gender Groups
The IRAP (Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure) is a procedure developed for the assessment of beliefs, attitudes, and other implicit cognitive elements. Stimuli-related variables that influence IRAP performance have been studied, but not the influence of social situation variables of the test itself. Gender stereotypes are one of the implicit beliefs most studied with the IRAP. Gender bias relational responses may be brought under the functional control of situational social variables, such as responding in a mixed gender group or responding in a single gender group (women only/men only). One hundred and ten undergraduates (65 women and 45 men; aged 18–22) performed a collective IRAP application about gender stereotypes. In the first experimental condition, the test was applied in mixed gender groups. In the second experimental condition, the test was applied in single gender groups. The results showed that gender stereotypes were present in men’s and women’s responses to the IRAP. Both male and female participants showed greater gender bias when responding in single gender groups than in mixed gender groups in all the IRAP trial types. The social context in which IRAP was applied influenced the participant's performance. The advantages of collective IRAP applications are also discussed.
KeywordsImplicit relational assessment procedure Implicit measure Relational frame theory Gender stereotypes
Compliance with Ethical Standards
All procedures were in accordance with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments.
Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. In this informed consent, participants were told that they were invited to collaborate in a test about reaction times, but they were not told that the aim of the investigation was to study the different reaction times in single gender versus mixed gender groups. It was assumed that this mild deception does not involve ethical consequences. This research was ethically approved by the Department of Psychology at the University of Oviedo.
Conflict of Interest
On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.
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