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Honors Project




Race, Well-being, Rejection (Psychology), Social psychology, Group identity, Depersonalization, Social identity theory


I conducted a preliminary investigation of the variables involved in measuring the cognitive consequences of intergroup attack. The overall assessment of the last week measure correlated significantly with well-being and, inversely, with a modified status-based version of Mendoza-Denton's et al (2002) rejection sensitivity in the sample of 111 Smith College and Winston Salem State University students. Spontaneous self-categorization was measured by prompting participants to describe themselves in ten words. Gender/Gender Identity, Race/Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation were the most frequently spontaneously invoked social categories. Rejection sensitivity scores were significantly higher among students of color than White students. No status-based rejection sensitivity differences were observed between LGBTQ and heterosexual students.




43 p. : col. ill. Honors project-Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 41-43)