Essentialist beliefs about sexuality-related categories

  1. Elena Delgado Acosta
  2. Verónica Betancor Rodríguez
  3. Armando Rodríguez Pérez
International Journal of Social Psychology, Revista de Psicología Social

ISSN: 0213-4748

Year of publication: 2016

Volume: 31

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-28

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1080/02134748.2015.1101311 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR

More publications in: International Journal of Social Psychology, Revista de Psicología Social


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  • Year 2016
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.364
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.341
  • Article influence score: 0.188
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIAL Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 61/62 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

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  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.264
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  • Area: Social Psychology Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 183/284

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  • Journal Impact: 0.770
  • Field: PSICOLOGÍA Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 20/118


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  • CiteScore of the Journal : 1.3
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People form essentialist beliefs about social categories as a strategy to organize their world and to make sense of the similarities and differences between different categories. This research examines four dimensions of essentialist thinking (biological basis, immutability, clarity of discreteness and informativeness) across different sexuality-related categories. Specifically, the categories of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, paedophiles, rapists and prostitutes were studied. Results show that essentialist beliefs of the six categories vary across dimensions and that essentialist dimensions function independently. Therefore, we discuss the relative usefulness of taking a global measurement as opposed to analysing the dimensions of essentialism separately

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