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THE FEMALE ADVANTAGE: Gender and Self-presentational Strategies in the Judicial System
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Warmth and competence are two universal dimensions underlying social perception. A negative relationship exists between the two dimensions in group/person perception: the “compensation effect”, such that when two individual/groups are compared/judged, the one judged more positively on one dimension is also judged less positively on the other dimension. This study explored whether men and women use warmth and competence in a compensatory way when managing impression in a judicial context. Moderating effects of ambivalent sexism was also investigated. Participants (N=123) partook in a webbased survey, and were randomly assigned either the role of suspect or witness to a crime. Results showed that women tended to display higher warmth and lower competence when expecting to be interrogated as a suspect, compared to witness, suggesting compensation. Men did not differ in their intended self-presentation across the two situations. It can therefore be concluded, that men and women do engage in impression management and display different traits according to assigned role.

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2015. , 19 p.
Keyword [en]
impression management, dimensions warmth and competence, compensation effect
National Category
Social Psychology Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118591OAI: diva2:824852
2015-05-28, Konferensrummet 357, Fr Hagväg 14, stockholm, 14:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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