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Reducing workplace bias toward people with disabilities with the use of imagined contact

Reducing workplace bias toward people with disabilities with the use of imagined contact

Stathi, Sofia (2017) Reducing workplace bias toward people with disabilities with the use of imagined contact. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 47 (5). pp. 256-266. ISSN 0021-9029 (Print), 1559-1816 (Online) (doi:10.1111/jasp.12435)

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Abstract

In this research we test the effectiveness of imagined intergroup contact as an intervention that improves attitudes toward people with disabilities in organizational settings. We conducted two experimental studies with the aim of examining the bias-reduction effects of imagined contact on attitudes toward people with disabilities. Furthermore, we examined how imagined contact can be most effective in improving attitudes in work situations. Both studies yielded evidence that the imagined contact intervention significantly impacted on two dependent variables: expected work-related outcomes and support for the rights of people with disabilities, via enhancing the belief in performance level. We discuss the results in the context of developing effective and accessible intervention tools, which can be used in workplace trainings, and can promote anti-discriminatory policies in organizations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Imagined contact; Disability; Organizations; Attitudes; Prejudice
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2018 17:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16887

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