Key Definitions

Diversity development requires a basic understanding of key terms in diversity. What follows is a brief discussion of each of these terms.


Attitudes are one’s innermost thoughts, feelings, and general tendencies. Although attitudes are not necessarily translated into behaviors, they often are acted out, even when such translation occurs in a subtle and unintentional way.

Table 3-1. Definitions of Key Terms Addressed in This Chapter
AttitudesA person’s innermost thoughts, feelings, and general tendencies
PrejudiceA negative attitude toward a person resulting from that person’s membership in a certain group
StereotypeA perceived group trait (true or false) assigned to individuals belonging to that group
Stereotype rigidity ...

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