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Implicit Theories of Intellect and Prejudice Towards People Who Perform "Dirty Work"
This paper is intended to provide empirical evidence for the claim that implicit theories about intelligence (perception of intelligence as a fixed or malleable trait) and the level of intelligence have an influence on prejudices toward people who perform ‘dirty work’. ‘Dirty work’ has several different forms: physical, social and moral, and these types also can influence long-term stigmatization of ‘dirty workers’. 781 Russian students volunteered to participate. Collected data confirms the influence of the level of perceived intelligence and the type of ‘dirty work’ on long-term stigmatization towards ‘dirty workers’. The high level of the perceived intelligence and moral type of ‘dirty work’ predict the low level of prejudices, in contrast the low level of the perceived intelligence predicts the high level of prejudices. Implicit theories about intelligence had no effect on relationship between the level of perceived intelligence and prejudice towards 'dirty workers'.