Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-21-2018

Department

Psychology

Abstract

In implicit personality theory, people with entity views or a fixed mindset perceive characteristics (e.g., intelligence) as uncontrollable, whereas people with incremental views or a growth mindset perceive characteristics as controllable. In addition to other benefits, the literature sometimes suggests that having a growth mindset will protect against prejudice, which the current two studies examine in terms of negative attitudes towards obese people. Participants (total N = 501) were randomly assigned to complete a questionnaire assessing attitudes towards an obese or non-obese person and a self-theory questionnaire also assessed ideas about body weight. People with a growth mindset, and not fixed mindset, were more likely to have negative attitudes towards obese individuals, pointing to a potential downside of growth mindset in the obesity domain.

DOI

10.1111/jasp.12528

Required Publisher's Statement

This article can be found on the publisher's website: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jasp.12528

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