Stop Complaining! The Social Costs of Making Attributions to Discrimination

  title={Stop Complaining! The Social Costs of Making Attributions to Discrimination},
  author={Cheryl R. Kaiser and Carol T. Miller},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={254 - 263}
Recent research indicates that stigmatized people may avoid claims of discrimination because such attributions are costly in terms of perceived control over outcomes and social self-esteem. The authors hypothesized that minimization of discrimination also occurs in part because negative social costs accompany attributions to discrimination. In Experiment 1, an African American who attributed a failing test grade to discrimination was perceived as a complainer and was less favorably evaluated in… Expand
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