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Imagined intergroup contact facilitates intercultural communication for college students on academic exchange programs

Imagined intergroup contact facilitates intercultural communication for college students on academic exchange programs

Vezzali, Loris, Crisp, Richard J., Stathi, Sofia and Giovannini, Dino (2014) Imagined intergroup contact facilitates intercultural communication for college students on academic exchange programs. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 18 (1). pp. 66-75. ISSN 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (doi:10.1177/1368430214527853)

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Abstract

Imagined intergroup contact (Crisp & Turner, 2009) is a new cognitive intervention designed to improve intergroup relations. In two studies, we examined whether it could also facilitate intercultural communication among international students and host country natives engaged in a college exchange program. In Study 1, international students who had recently arrived in Italy and participated in an imagined contact session displayed increased self-disclosure toward, and improved evaluation of, host country natives. In Study 2, Italian students mentally simulated positive contact with an unknown native from the host country prior to leaving for the exchange. Results from an online questionnaire administered on their return (on average, more than 7 months after the imagery task) revealed that participants who imagined contact reported spending more time with natives during the stay and enhanced outgroup evaluation, via reduced intergroup anxiety. Implications for enhancing the quality and effectiveness of college student exchange programs are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding [1] Funding: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Uncontrolled Keywords: imagined contact, exchange programs, intercultural communication, intergroup anxiety, intergroup relations, international students
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 16:21
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12939

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