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Outgroup morality perceptions mediate secondary transfer effects from direct and extended contact: Evidence from majority and minority members

Outgroup morality perceptions mediate secondary transfer effects from direct and extended contact: Evidence from majority and minority members

Vezzali, Loris, Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Birtel, Michèle D. ORCID: 0000-0002-2383-9197, Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239 and Brambilla, Marco (2019) Outgroup morality perceptions mediate secondary transfer effects from direct and extended contact: Evidence from majority and minority members. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. ISSN 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

The ‘secondary transfer effect’ (STE), defined as contact with a primary outgroup improving attitudes towards a secondary outgroup uninvolved in contact, has mainly been studied with reference to direct contact and considering attitude generalization as the main mediating mechanism. Using a majority (422 Italians) and minority (130 immigrants) adolescent sample from high-schools in Italy, we examined outgroup morality perceptions as a new mediating mechanism, and tested for the first time whether the STE emerges for extended contact. Results revealed that the STE emerged for direct contact among the majority group and for extended contact among the minority group, and it was sequentially mediated by perceptions of morality towards the primary outgroup, and by attitudes towards the primary outgroup and perceptions of morality towards the secondary outgroup. The STE also emerged for direct contact among the minority group, with morality perceptions towards the secondary outgroup and attitudes towards the primary outgroup being parallel mediators. We discuss the theoretical implications of the findings, arguing that it is important to identify the conditions and underlying processes of the STE in order to reduce prejudice in the case of both majority and minority groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intergroup contact, extended contact, secondary transfer effect, morality, prejudice reduction, generalized prejudice
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
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 14:50
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/25233

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