Sex Roles

, Volume 61, Issue 7–8, pp 461–475 | Cite as

College Students’ Descriptions of Everyday Gender Prejudice

  • Britney G. BrinkmanEmail author
  • Kathryn M. Rickard
Original Article


This study examined 104 undergraduate college students (mean age = 19) from the Western United States regarding gender differences in their experiences of gender prejudice. Women (N = 81) and men (N = 22) responded to an online diary for 14 days, resulting in 1008 descriptions of events. Women reported significantly higher levels of negative affect than men during the experiences. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze event descriptions and three main themes emerged including target of the event, perpetrator and setting. Significant differences were found for target and perpetrator based upon the gender of the participant. There were also significant differences in the distribution of the type of event (gender role stereotypes, sexual objectification or demeaning events) based on the setting and target.


Targets of gender prejudice College students Perpetrators of gender prejudice Types of gender prejudice Setting of gender prejudice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.UrbanaUSA

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