The Role of Stereotype Internalization in Defining Normative Behavior Among Black Students in Predominantly White Institutions
Niemann, Yolanda Flores
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The purpose of this research is to determine whether some African American students enrolled in a predominantly white institution (PWI) act out ascribed behavio rs as a result of perceived group norms. Thirty-two African American students (18 male and 14 female) at a PWI were surveyed. Respondents were questioned about: (1) their perceptions of how African Americans behave; (2) how they personally behave; and (3) how their immediate peer group behaves with respect to ascribed black stereotypes. Initial results revealed a strong correlation between the respondents’ behavior and their perception of how their peers and other African American students behave. These findings suggest that some black students at this PWI may internalize at least some stereotypes regarding their behavior and academic performance, and behave accordingly.