Gender bias in the interpretation of ambiguous provocation situations

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Steven J. Kirsh
Cite this article:  Kirsh, S. (1999). Gender bias in the interpretation of ambiguous provocation situations. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 27(4), 375-378.


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Children were read 5 stories in which a same-sex peer caused an act of instrumental aggression, but the harmdoer’s intent was unclear. Responses to follow-up questions were coded in terms of whether male or female pronouns were used to describe the harmdoer. Results suggest that there may be a gender bias in the interpretation of ambiguous provocation situations.


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