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Date of this Version

Spring 4-2020

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Quiroz, K. & Willis-Esqueda, C. (2020) The Foundations of a Mexican American Bias Scale. Poster presentation, UNL Spring Research Fair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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Mexican Americans are the largest group of Latino/a/x in the US. The purpose of this study was to provide information on the current stereotypes concerning Mexican American males and females with a university student sample. A total of four hundred and four students volunteered from a large midwestern university. Participants spontaneously provided their notions of unfair advantages, unfair disadvantages, and stereotypes for Mexican American males and females. All data was collected through an online survey. The responses were provided with randomized introduction of the group to be described. In addition, items to measure essentialism were included. Results indicated that there were different perceived advantages, disadvantages, and stereotypic characteristics associated with Mexican American males and females. Moreover, a belief in genetic determinism predicted participants’ willingness to learn about new cultures and engage in new social environments with a positive attitude.