Nice Dissertation, for a Girl: Cardiovascular and Emotional Reactivity to Gender Microaggressions

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Gender microaggressions are normative messages that communicate harmful stereotypes or attitudes towards women. Research suggests that being the target of microaggresions may contribute to negative mental and physical health outcomes. The current study examined how gender microaggressions affect emotional and physiological reactivity as well as performance on a working memory task. Results indicated condition (i.e., control vs. sexual objectification microaggression vs. denial of sexism microaggression) did not have a significant affect on reactivity or performance. Issues of population bias and essentialism may have played an important role in study findings. Future directions are discussed.

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Prather, Courtney C. August 2015.

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Gender microaggressions are normative messages that communicate harmful stereotypes or attitudes towards women. Research suggests that being the target of microaggresions may contribute to negative mental and physical health outcomes. The current study examined how gender microaggressions affect emotional and physiological reactivity as well as performance on a working memory task. Results indicated condition (i.e., control vs. sexual objectification microaggression vs. denial of sexism microaggression) did not have a significant affect on reactivity or performance. Issues of population bias and essentialism may have played an important role in study findings. Future directions are discussed.

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Prather, Courtney C. Nice Dissertation, for a Girl: Cardiovascular and Emotional Reactivity to Gender Microaggressions, dissertation, August 2015; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc804826/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .