How the Gay Courtesy Stigma Affects Trust in a Programmer’s Software Program

By Stephen Rice, Ayu Rice and Jessica Madrid.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Previous research on gay stigma—and the courtesy stigma—has uncovered some interesting findings; however, very little research has examined their relationship to trust. Only two previous studies to our knowledge have examined these issues in the context of rating trust in a person’s work product (Rice et al., 2011; Rice & Richardson, in press). The current study extends that research by examining how the gay courtesy stigma affects a target individual’s software program when the programmer has a gay brother or a gay neighbor. The findings from the study reveal that when a programmer is associated with a gay brother or neighbor, his software program is rated as less trustworthy compared to when he is associated with a heterosexual brother or neighbor, or when no information is given about the programmer. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of this research.

Keywords: Trust, Courtesy, Stigmas, Gay

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 519.895KB).

Dr. Stephen Rice

Associate Professor, Psychology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA

Dr. Stephen Rice is an Associate Professor of Human Factors at the Florida Institute of Technology in the College of Aeronautics. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006.

Ayu Rice

Student, Psychology, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM, USA

Ayu Rice graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2011.

Jessica Madrid

Student, Psychology, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM, USA

Jessica Madrid is an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University.

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