Previous research indicates that gender stereotypes can impact people’s perceptions of mental health. However, there are limited studies on gender non-binary individuals, gender stereotypes, or perceptions of mental health that may affect them. The current study examined how gender stereotypes surrounding men, women, and gender non-binary individuals may shape people’s perceptions of their mental health. It also examined reports of intergroup contact. Gender non-binary individuals were predicted to be viewed as the most mentally unhealthy, the least competent and warm, and of the lowest social status. It was also hypothesized that participants would have the least intergroup contact with gender non-binary individuals. Participants completed a survey in which they were provided with questions about a target gender group (men, women, or gender non-binary individuals) pertaining to gender stereotypes, mental health, and intergroup contact. Results indicate that there were no differences in perceptions of mental health for the target groups. Participants revealed the most intergroup contact with women than the other conditions, and the least intergroup contact with gender non-binary individuals. Gender non-binary individuals were rated to be of the lowest status but were not rated as the least competent or warm group. Results are described in the context of the Stereotype Content Model.


Garcia, Amber



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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