The effects of system-justifying motives on endorsement of essentialist explanations for gender differences.

  title={The effects of system-justifying motives on endorsement of essentialist explanations for gender differences.},
  author={Victoria L. Brescoll and Eric Luis Uhlmann and George E. Newman},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={105 6},
People have a fundamental motive to view their social system as just, fair, and good and will engage in a number of strategies to rationalize the status quo (Jost & Banaji, 1994). We propose that one way in which individuals may "justify the system" is through endorsement of essentialist explanations, which attribute group differences to deep, essential causes. We suggest that system-justifying motives lead to greater endorsement of essentialist explanations because those explanations portray… 

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