Sex Roles

, Volume 47, Issue 3–4, pp 99–114 | Cite as

Paternalistic and Envious Gender Stereotypes: Testing Predictions from the Stereotype Content Model

  • Thomas Eckes


In 2 studies, paternalistic and envious gender stereotypes were examined. Paternalistic stereotypes portray particular female or male subgroups as warm but not competent, whereas envious stereotypes depict some other female or male subgroups as competent but not warm. A total of 134 women and 82 men, primarily White and middle class, participated in this research. Building on the stereotype content model (Fiske, Cuddy, Glick, & Xu, 2002), Study 1 tested the mixed-stereotypes hypothesis that many gender subgroups are viewed as high on either competence or warmth but low on the other. Study 2 additionally addressed the social-structural hypothesis that status predicts perceived competence and interdependence predicts perceived warmth. The results provided strong support for both hypotheses.

gender stereotypes prejudice subgrouping sexism 


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  • Thomas Eckes
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  1. 1.University of DresdenGermany
  2. 2.TestDaF InstituteUniversity of HagenHagenGermany

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