This line of research examines how women’s responses to their discrimination, whether it be acceptance, individual confrontations against the perpetrator, or collective responses, affect their well-being. If we can identify the responses that increase women’s well-being, we can enhance resilience in the face of gender discrimination.
We are currently interested in how this research can be applied to help retain Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Science).
(Summaries to come)
Foster, M. D. (2015). Tweeting about sexism: The well-being benefits of a social media collective action. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54, 629-647.
Foster, M. D. (2014). The relationship between collective action and well-being and its moderators: pervasiveness of discrimination and dimensions of action. Sex Roles, 70, 165- 182.
Foster, M.D. (2013). Everyday confrontation of discrimination. The well-being costs and benefits to women over time. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 5, 135-154.
Foster, M.D. (2009). The dynamic nature of coping with gender discrimination: Appraisals, strategies and well-being over time. Sex Roles, 60, 694-707.
Foster, M., Sloto, L., Ruby, R. (2006). Responding to Discrimination as a Function of Meritocracy Beliefs and Personal Experiences: Testing the Model of Shattered Assumptions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 9, 401-411.
Matheson, K. & Foster, M. D. (2013). Coping with the stress of gender discrimination. In M. K. Ryan and N. R. Branscombe (Eds.). The Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology. Sage Publications., pp 323-340.