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Solidarity within stigmatized groups - identifying when experiences of prejudice and discrimination hinder versus facilitate social relationships (Self-funded Psychology PhD)


Project Description

Project information
Exposure to prejudice and discrimination has a range of negative effects on physical and psychological wellbeing of individuals who are exposed to it. High quality social relationships with other members of the stigmatized group are an important resource in coping with such stressors, for instance because the group can provide social support after experiences of prejudice and discrimination. However, at the same time, there is evidence that experiences of prejudice and discrimination can undermine social relationships, leading individuals to withdraw from their social group. In this way, experiences of prejudice and discrimination are not only negative experiences in themselves, but also restrict access to group-based coping resources like social support.

Based on these indications from previous work, the current project will study the effects of prejudice and discrimination on relationships amongst members of stigmatized groups. The overall goal of this project is to identify when experiences of prejudice and discrimination hinder versus facilitate social relationships amongst members of stigmatized groups. We will focus specifically on circumstances under which members of disadvantaged groups are able to create and maintain high quality social relationships in spite of (or perhaps because of) the stigma they face. Ultimately, this project will contribute to understanding of resilience amongst members of stigmatized groups.

In terms of the methodology, this project will rely largely on quantitative and experimental methodologies. The candidate will be required to design surveys and experiments, and conduct statistical analyses on the data collected.

This project is suited to candidates with a strong interest in topics surrounding social relationships, stigma and inequality. Additional requirements are strong analytical and statistical skills. Knowledge of Social Network Analysis is welcome, but not required.

For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor: Manuela Barreto

Funding Notes

This project is self funded.

This project will require bench fees; the research will involve data collection with human participants, who will need to be compensated for participation in the research. The student will also need to attend conferences. Though specific research plans will be further developed with the student, it is estimated that the project will require a bench fee of £5000 to cover research and conference costs.

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