The Problem of Prejudice and ways to reduce prejudice

Stereotypes involve grouping ALL people with a common characteristic (age, race, gender, etc.) into one category; “ALL men”, “ALL nursing students”, “ALL elderly”, etc.
Prejudice involves pre-judging the stereotypical group: “elderly are — slow, rich, poor, in cognitive decline”, etc. Stereotypes and prejudice involve irrational generalizations, as one cannot possibly know ALL the individuals in a group, and not all individuals can possibly show the same characteristics.
Discrimination involves treating a person differently (less than, OR better than other groups) based on stereotypes and prejudice for members of their group, such as bending the rules for some groups of students but not others.
(Note on reporting discrimination: if you have observed ongoing discrimination based on a person’s identification in a protected minority group, please use the resources available to bring this information forward to those who need to know.)

A. Apply to Case Example: give examples of “old-fashioned” and modern discrimination you have observed or may observe in work groups or Case Example. RESPONSE: I have only experienced really one outdated stereotype and that’s the idea that women are not as good at technology related jobs. I have heard from others that they do not like older people in the work place because they are less willing to change their ways and are much slower.

B. Apply to Case Example: describe how any 2 factors discussed in the text – authoritarianism, cognitive distortions, intergroup competition, and threats to social identity — can contribute to prejudice. RESPONSE:

C. Explain ways that the strategies for reducing prejudice discussed in our text (and personal life examples) can or were used to address issues of prejudice or discrimination, regarding Case Example. RESPONSE: