When gender fits self-regulatory preferences: The impact of regulatory fit on gender-based ingroup favoritism


Journal Article

Females are perceived to have less power than males. These differences in perceived power might render different self-regulatory strategies appropriate: Women should (as members of other low-power groups) care about security, whereas men should (as members of other high-power groups) strive for accomplishment. These regulatory implications of gender provide the basis for regulatory fit between individuals' gender and their regulatory focus. Higher fit should lead to stronger gender-based ingroup favoritism: Prevention- focused females and promotion-focused males were expected to show more ingroup favoritism than both sexes in the respective other regulatory focus. According to the regulatory fit hypothesis, this effect should occur for evaluative- but not for stereotype-based ingroup favoritism. Three studies supported these hypotheses. © 2013 Hogrefe Publishing.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sassenberg, K; Brazy, PC; Jonas, KJ; Shah, JY

Published Date

  • January 24, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 4 - 15

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2151-2590

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1864-9335

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1027/1864-9335/a000095

Citation Source

  • Scopus