The Effects of Speaker Group Membership and Stereotypes on Responses to Accumulated Underaccommodation

Jessica Gasiorek, Marko Dragojevic

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This study explored the role of social group membership and stereotypes in evaluating accumulated underaccommodation (i.e., repeated, insufficiently adjusted communication). Participants (N = 229) engaged in three tasks in which they received underaccommodative instructions from another individual, ostensibly a young adult or an older adult. Consistent with hypotheses, speakers’ social group membership predicted stereotype content (with older adults stereotyped as warmer and more competent); warmth (but not competence) stereotypes, in turn, predicted inferred motive (directly) and perceived accommodation (indirectly) for the initial task, which in turn predicted ratings for subsequent tasks. Group membership also affected overall speaker evaluations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-522
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

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  • communication accommodation theory
  • motive
  • social identity
  • speaker evaluations
  • stereotypes
  • underaccom-modation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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