Bright, bad, babyfaced boys: appearance stereotypes do not always yield self-fulfilling prophecy effects.

@article{Zebrowitz1998BrightBB,
  title={Bright, bad, babyfaced boys: appearance stereotypes do not always yield self-fulfilling prophecy effects.},
  author={Leslie A. Zebrowitz and Carrie Andreoletti and Marie Collins and Sun Young Lee and J A Blumenthal},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={75 5},
  pages={1300-20}
}
Three studies tested the hypothesis that babyfaced adolescent boys would compensate for the undesirable expectation that they will exhibit childlike traits by behaving contrary to it. Studies 1 and 2 revealed that babyfaced boys from middle- and lower class samples, including a sample of delinquents, showed higher academic achievement than their mature-faced peers, refuting the stereotype of babyfaced people as intellectually weak. In the lower class samples, this compensation effect was… CONTINUE READING
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