Psychology

Microaggression actions outpace evidence

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Science  17 Mar 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6330, pp. 1170
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6330.1170-c

Efforts to combat prejudice in workplaces and on campuses by targeting microaggressions lack solid foundations in psychological research. Lilienfeld, who supports microaggression research, surveyed evidence and identified 18 research priorities—for example, better define what is not a microaggression, and do not confound the frequency of microaggressions with the subjective distress that they evoke. He suggests tempering assertions about causal links between microaggressions and adverse mental health and proposes a moratorium on intervention programs that may create more problems than they solve.

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