Stereotype Threat Susceptibility for African-American Students from Various Rearing Environments
Understanding the variation in performance amongst African-American students on academic aptitude tests has been a hard-pressed task for a while. Despite stereotype threat becoming more documented in relation to academic aptitude tests as an explanation for such variation across racial lines (Steele and Aronson 1995), the source of racial differences in intellectual ability has not been agreed upon in the literature, and there has been some evidence that environments can affect intellectual ability (Kaplan 2015, Sesardic 2010). This study tests for differentiated effects of negative stereotypes dependent upon the environment in which African-American subjects grew up, including SES and racial composition as predicted by (Johnson Richeson Finkel, 2011). These results will help to better understand the mechanism(s) by which the threat caused by stereotypes affect the performance of African-American students on intellectual ability tests.
Adger, Chandon (2017). Stereotype Threat Susceptibility for African-American Students from Various Rearing Environments. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from