Name File Type Size Last Modified
  1a---fictional-beings---individuals 07/26/2021 01:30:AM
  1b---fictional-beings---groups 07/26/2021 01:31:AM
  2---depression-discrimination 07/26/2021 01:31:AM
  3---depression-discrimination-replication 07/26/2021 01:32:AM
  other-studies 07/26/2021 01:28:AM

Project Citation: 

Sommers, Roseanna, and Burke, Sara Emily. The legal status of discrimination can alter personal prejudice against people with depression. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-07-26.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary In a series of studies, we attempted to manipulate participants' beliefs about the legality of discrimination and measure shifts in their self-reported attitudes toward corresponding social groups. In the first two listed studies (those marked 1a and 1b), we described a hypothetical alien world with novel discriminatory acts, a novel legal system, and novel social groups. In the next two listed studies (those marked as 2 and 3), we manipulated the claim that discrimination on the basis of mental illness is currently legal in the United States and measured attitudes toward people with depression. This archive also includes four related studies with various methodological limitations (e.g., participants were reluctant to believe that discrimination against a Hindu job applicant could be legal, in contrast to a job applicant with depression). Those studies appear in the "other studies" folder.

All of the experiments were conducted online and all employed convenience samples. Most participants were recruited via Amazon Mechanical Turk. For the "Wiccan job applicant" study, participants were recruited via Prolific and the Syracuse University psychology subject pool.

The dates of the individual studies are listed below:

1a - fictional beings (individuals) | September 2016
1b - fictional beings (groups) | January 2017
2 - depression discrimination | July 2015
3 - depression discrimination replication | January 2019
other studies/airport racial profiling | May 2015
other studies/comparison of groups - employment discrimination | August 2017
other studies/Hindu job applicant | August 2017
other studies/Wiccan job applicant | October-November 2018

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Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms expressive law; discrimination; court legitimacy; depression; mental illness; stigma; prejudice
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage United States of America
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 5/2015 – 1/2019 (Eight studies conducted between 2015 and 2019 (see data files))

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