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An Examination of Factors Hypothesized to Moderate Stereotype Threat Effects on the Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices




Johnson, Jimmy

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The present study examined the moderating effects of racial identity centrality and performance goal orientation on the relationship between stereotype threat and test performance. I also assessed the extent to which test-taking motivation, test-taking anxiety, fairness, and perceived job-relatedness mediated the stereotype threat-test performance relationship. African-Americans were assigned to one of three conditions, all varying in the amount of associated stereotype threat, and given a cognitive ability test. Information concerning their individual racial identities, goal orientations, and perceptions of tests was collected. Results indicated that stereotype threat was not a statistically significant predictor of test performance. Additionally, none of the proposed moderators and mediators was statistically significant.