Group #1

     Consider the self-esteem of people who are noticeably overweight.  Given that overweight individuals experience a significant amount of overt prejudice and prejudice-related negative outcomes in their daily life, how do you think the responses of overweight individuals compare to the responses of non-overweight individuals when asked how satisfied/happy they are with their lives?
     Answer this question according to each of the following perspectives or tendencies (i.e., what would the following concepts lead you to predict?):

 a) "looking-glass self" (p. 180)
 b) upward social comparisons (p. 181)
 c) downward social comparisons (p. 182)
 d) impression management/self-presentation (p. 183)
 e) self-serving attributional biases
 

    Some empirical evidence suggests that the self-esteem and life satisfaction of overweight individuals tend to be significantly lower than those of non-overweight individuals.  Given that fact, which of the 5 concepts that you considered seem to be most influential in the self-concept formation of overweight individuals?
 

Group #2

     Consider the self-esteem of gays and lesbians.  Given that gays and lesbians experience a significant amount of overt prejudice and prejudice-related negative outcomes in their daily life, how do you think the responses of gays and lesbians compare to the responses of heterosexuals when asked how satisfied/happy they are with their lives?
     Answer this question according to each of the following perspectives or tendencies (i.e., what would the following concepts lead you to predict?):

 a) "looking-glass self" (p. 180)
 b) upward social comparisons (p. 181)
 c) downward social comparisons (p. 182)
 d) impression management/self-presentation (p. 183)
 e) self-serving attributional biases

    Some empirical evidence suggests that the self-esteem and life satisfaction of gay and lesbian adolescents tend to be significantly lower than those of heterosexual adolescents, but that these differences disappear as people reach adulthood.  Given that fact, which of the 5 concepts that you considered seem to be most influential in the self-concept formation of gay and lesbian adolescents, and how might that change over time?
 

Group #3

     Consider the self-esteem of African-Americans.  Given that African-Americans experience a significant amount of overt prejudice and prejudice-related negative outcomes in their daily life, how do you think the responses of African-Americans compare to the responses of whites when asked how satisfied/happy they are with their lives?
     Answer this question according to each of the following perspectives or tendencies (i.e., what would the following concepts lead you to predict?):

 a) "looking-glass self" (p. 180)
 b) upward social comparisons (p. 181)
 c) downward social comparisons (p. 182)
 d) impression management/self-presentation (p. 183)
 e) self-serving attributional biases
 

    Some empirical evidence suggests that the self-esteem and life satisfaction of African-Americans tend to be the same as, if not higher than those of whites.  Given that fact, which of the 5 concepts that you considered seem to be most influential in the self-concept formation of African-Americans?
 

 Group #4

     Consider the self-esteem of women.  Given that women experience a significant amount of overt prejudice and prejudice-related negative outcomes in their daily life, how do you think the responses of women compare to the responses of men when asked how satisfied/happy they are with their lives?
     Answer this question according to each of the following perspectives or tendencies (i.e., what would the following concepts lead you to predict?):

 a) "looking-glass self" (p. 180)
 b) upward social comparisons (p. 181)
 c) downward social comparisons (p. 182)
 d) impression management/self-presentation (p. 183)
 e) self-serving attributional biases

    Some empirical evidence suggests that the self-esteem and life satisfaction of women are not significantly different from those of men.  Given that fact, which of the 5 concepts that you considered seem to be most influential in the self-concept formation of women?
 

Group #5

     Consider the self-esteem of individuals with physical disabilities.  Given that individuals with physical disabilities experience a significant amount of overt prejudice and prejudice-related negative outcomes in their daily life, how do you think the responses of individuals with physical disabilities compare to the responses of non-disabled individuals when asked how satisfied/happy they are with their lives?
     Answer this question according to each of the following perspectives or tendencies (i.e., what would the following concepts lead you to predict?):

 a) "looking-glass self" (p. 180)
 b) upward social comparisons (p. 181)
 c) downward social comparisons (p. 182)
 d) impression management/self-presentation (p. 183)
 e) self-serving attributional biases
 

    Some empirical evidence suggests that the self-esteem and life satisfaction of individuals with physical disabilities are not significantly different from those of non-disabled individuals.  Given that fact, which of the 5 concepts that you considered seem to be most influential in the self-concept formation of individuals with physical disabilities?
 

Group #6

     Consider the self-esteem of individuals with mental illness.  Given that individuals with mental illness experience a significant amount of overt prejudice and prejudice-related negative outcomes in their daily life, how do you think the responses of individuals with mental illness compare to the responses of other individuals when asked how satisfied/happy they are with their lives?
     Answer this question according to each of the following perspectives or tendencies (i.e., what would the following concepts lead you to predict?):

 a) "looking-glass self" (p. 180)
 b) upward social comparisons (p. 181)
 c) downward social comparisons (p. 182)
 d) impression management/self-presentation (p. 183)
 e) self-serving attributional biases

    Some empirical evidence suggests that the self-esteem and life satisfaction of individuals with mental illness tend to be significantly lower than those of other individuals.  Given that fact, which of the 5 concepts that you considered seem to be most influential in the self-concept formation of individuals with mental illness?
 

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