Hostile and Benevolent Sexism: Relations with Self-Concept, Racism and Intercultural Sensitivity

Revista de Psicodidáctica (Impact Factor: 2.67). 01/2011; 16(2):331-350.


The purpose of this study was to explore the relations of hostile, benevolent, and ambivalent sexism with self-concept, racism and intercultural sensitivity. A correlational methodology was employed.
The Ambivalent Sexism Inventory (ASI), The Adjective Check-list to Assess Self-concept (LAEA), The Prejudice Scale (PS) and The Intercultural Sensitivity Scale (ISS) were administered. The sample comprised 802 participants from 18 to 65 years of age. The results confirmed that there was no relation between sexism and self-concept in the women; however, the men with high scores in benevolent and ambivalent sexism had high self-concept. There were positive correlations between sexism and racism, and negative correlations with intercultural sensitivity. A high level of subtle prejudice, being a male, and a high level of manifest prejudice were predictor variables of hostile sexism; and a high level of manifest prejudice, being a male, high self-concept, and a low educational level were predictors of benevolent sexism.

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