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The extended intergroup contact hypothesis: state of the art and future developments

The extended intergroup contact hypothesis: state of the art and future developments

Vezzali, Loris and Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239 (2016) The extended intergroup contact hypothesis: state of the art and future developments. In: Vezzali, Loris and Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239, (eds.) Intergroup Contact Theory: Recent Developments and Future Directions. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 978-1315646510

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Abstract

More than 60 years of research have revealed that direct, face-to-face contact between members of different groups, especially when characterized by Allport’s (1954) optimal conditions (i.e. equal status, cooperation, common goals, institutional support), reduces prejudice (Hodson & Hewstone, 2013). However, strategies that seek to utilize direct contact are often difficult to put into practice. For instance, people may lack contact opportunities, especially in segregated, conflictual or post-conflictual contexts (e.g. Psaltis, Pachoulides, Lytras, Philipou, & Beyli, 2011). Moreover, people may resist positive interactions with out-group members due to high levels of initial prejudice or intergroup anxiety (Stathi, Crisp, Turner, West, & Birtel, 2012). In addition, when considering the implementation of direct contact interventions, organizational difficulties can deem them impractical. The review by Paluck and Green (2009) indirectly supports the contention that interventions based on direct contact may be difficult to implement, showing that only 10% of reviewed experimental field studies on prejudice reduction were based on direct contact.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: behavioral sciences, social sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 08:40
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24196

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