A Paper Co-Authored by Professor Yukiko Uchida Has Been Published in the International Academic Journal, Frontiers in Psychology
A paper co-authored by Prof. Yukiko Uchida has been published in the international academic journal, Frontiers in Psychology.
Froehlich, L., Tsukamoto, S., Morinaga, Y., Sakata, K., Uchida, Y.,
Keller, M. M., Stuermer, S., Martiny, S. E., & Trommsdorff, G. (2022).
Gender stereotypes and expected backlash for female STEM students in
Germany and Japan. Frontiers in Education, 6.
The first author, Laura Froehlich, worked in KRC in 2013 as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow and has continued to collaborate with Prof. Uchida.
Although Germany and Japan are top-ranking in STEM, women are underrepresented in the STEM fields of physics, engineering, and computer science in both countries. The current research investigated widespread gender-science stereotypes in STEM in the two countries (Studies 1 and 2) and negative consequences of expected backlash (i.e., imagining negative reactions and lower ascribed communion in scenarios) for women’s emotions and motivation in STEM due to role incongruity and lack-of-fit (Study 3).
Studies 1 and 2 showed that explicit and implicit gender-science stereotypes are widespread and comparable in Germany and Japan. Study 3 showed that lower ascribed communion was related to less positive emotions, more negative emotions and anxiety emotions, and less study motivation for STEM students (from the fields of physics, engineering, and computer science) from Germany and Japan. Through these results, the theoretical and practical implications for gender equality in STEM fields are discussed.