Corruption and sexual scandal: the importance of politician gender

Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska , Alison Marganski , Tomasz Baran , Jarosław Piotrowski


The current experimental study analyzes individuals’ reactions to politicians involved in scandals as a function of scandal type and politician sex (N = 798). Corruption and sexual scandals were considered. The re-sults indicate that female politicians were judged more harshly than male politicians involved in scandals regardless of the type of scandal. Scandal affected not only assessment of their morality but also competence, contra-ry to assessment of men. The results were discussed in reference to expec-tancy violations theory and shifting standards theory which predicts more negative evaluation of women involved in immoral behavior despite lack general prejudices toward women in politics.
Author Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska (FSS / IPsych / DEPOP)
Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska,,
- Division of Economic Psychology and Organizational Psychology
, Alison Marganski
Alison Marganski,,
, Tomasz Baran
Tomasz Baran,,
, Jarosław Piotrowski
Jarosław Piotrowski,,
Other language title versions Corrupción y escándalo sexual: la importancia del género de un político
Journal seriesAnales de Psicologia, ISSN 0212-9728, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishpolitical scandal, gender stereotypes, expectancy violations theory, shifting standards theory
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Other open licence; with publication
Score (nominal)20
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.756 (2) - 2017=1.184 (5)
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