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Using intercultural videos of direct contact to implement vicarious contact: A school-based intervention that improves intergroup attitudes

Using intercultural videos of direct contact to implement vicarious contact: A school-based intervention that improves intergroup attitudes

Vezzali, Loris, Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239, Visintin, Emilio Paolo and Hewstone, Miles (2018) Using intercultural videos of direct contact to implement vicarious contact: A school-based intervention that improves intergroup attitudes. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. ISSN 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430218809885)

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Abstract

We aimed to create an engaging and dynamic intervention for schools that uses videos of direct school peer contact to implement a vicarious contact intervention. Participants were ethnic majority (Italian) and minority (immigrant) high-school students (N = 485, age ranging from 14 to 22 years old, mean age = 17.24 years), who were asked to watch and evaluate videos created by peers from their school for a competition for the best video on intercultural friendships. Results revealed that vicarious contact, relative to a control condition where participants were not shown any videos, improved outgroup attitudes, reduced negative outgroup stereotypes, and increased willingness to engage in contact with the outgroup. These effects only emerged when intercultural friendships in the videos were salient. Inclusion of the other in the self, but neither intergroup anxiety nor fear of rejection by the outgroup, significantly mediated the effect of the videos on outcomes. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of the findings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: vicarious contact, indirect contact, behavioral intentions, prejudice reduction, intervention, intergroup relations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
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: 31 Jan 2019 12:08
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/21895

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