Relationship between Growth, Fixed mindsets and Gender Stereotype Threats in Working Women

Author: Najaf Batool

Supervisor: Tahira Mubashar

Degree: MSc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


Mindset holds well-connected understanding towards gender stereotype threats in working women. The incremental view of growth mindset believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through devotion as compare to fixed mindset believed that intelligence and talent, are simply fixed traits. The present study investigated the relation of growth and fixed mindset with gender stereotype threats in working women. It is hypothesized that there is likely to be negative relationship between growth mindset whereas fixed mindset has positive relationship with gender stereotype threats in working women. Correlational research design was used. The sample comprised of 150 working women from public and private sector. For assessment, implicit theory of intelligence questionnaire (Fattah &Yates, 2006) and stigma consciousness questionnaire (Pineal, 1999) were used. Pearson product moment correlation, simple linear regression, independent samples t-test were used. The results revealed that growth mindset has significant negative correlation with gender stereotype threats. The fixed mindset has significant positive correlation with gender stereotype threats. Husband encouragement and growth mindset emerged as negative predictors of gender stereotype threats while fixed mindset was emerged as positive predictor of gender stereotype threats. The findings have important implications for promoting growth mindset at workplace and reducing gender stereotype threats in working women.

Keywords: Relationship Between Growth, Fixed Mindsets, Gender Stereotype Threats.

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