They may believe that their female patients are faking or exaggerating their pain, or that they are reacting with excessive emotion to relatively minor pain. A doctor’s prejudicial belief that women are too “emotional,” that they handle pain poorly, or that they exaggerate their own pain can change the way the doctor sees that patient.
The doctor might be reluctant to treat the patient or provide appropriate pain management.
A doctor might even think that someone who is in severe pain is an addict seeking painkillers.
It’s possible to be prejudiced against many groups.
Social norms and cultural contexts play a significant role in the types of prejudice a person is likely to hold.
Racism has figured prominently in American life for centuries.For example, research shows that white people continue to choose segregated neighborhoods, and that they prefer to move out of neighborhoods that contain even small numbers of non-white residents.A study published in 2009 found that white people still believe that all-white neighborhoods are the most desirable.Many groups have faced discrimination and oppression that stemmed from prejudicial beliefs.Some types of prejudice include: Prejudice does not necessarily cause discrimination, but is almost always a factor.Indeed, most schools offer therapists little training on the role of racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination in therapy.Prejudice can undermine the therapeutic process and harm clients.So it’s unsurprising that racist prejudices against people of color are far more prevalent than prejudice against whites.Responses to the 2008 General Social Survey, for instance, found that people are less likely to say black people are intelligent than they are to say white people are intelligent. People who spend more time with people who are different from them are less likely to hold prejudicial attitudes.A company that allows ageist attitudes to affect hiring may eventually have only young employees, or mistreat its older staff.Examples of prejudice can be found throughout history.