Implicit and explicit responses to ostracism: social judgments of Aboriginal and white Australians

Cassandra L. Govan, Trevor I. Case, Kipling D. Williams

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    Over the last five years, many studies have investigated the damaging effects of social ostracism. Just five minutes of ostracism is enough to lower individuals' feelings of belongingness, control, meaningful existence, and self-esteem. Previous studies of ostracism have mainly relied on explicit dependent variables; however, the present authors present some new research looking at implicit responses to ostracism. Using the Implicit Association Test (Greenwald, McGhee, & Schwartz, 1998), participants' implicit attitudes towards aboriginal and white groups were examined, along with the assessment of explicit measures of these attitudes. Results suggest that, compared to included participants, ostracised individuals indicate less prejudice in the explicit measures, but greater prejudice in the implicit measure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)118-118
    Number of pages1
    JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002

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