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Do they want contact with us? The role of intergroup contact meta-perceptions on positive contact and attitudes

Do they want contact with us? The role of intergroup contact meta-perceptions on positive contact and attitudes

Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239, Di Bernardo, GA, Vezzali, L, Pendleton, S and Tropp, LR (2020) Do they want contact with us? The role of intergroup contact meta-perceptions on positive contact and attitudes. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 30 (5). pp. 461-479. ISSN 1052-9284 (Print), 1099-1298 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2452)

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Abstract

This research examined the role of contact meta-perceptions on positive intergroup contact and outgroup attitudes. Specifically, perceptions of the ingroup’s and outgroup’s desire for intergroup contact were simultaneously tested as predictors of intergroup contact and outgroup attitudes. Three correlational studies were conducted in three distinct contexts, international students’ view of British students, general public views of people with schizophrenia, and both Muslims’ and non-Muslims’ views of one another. Among these three intergroup relationships, the role of outgroup contact meta-perceptions was consistently highlighted as predictor of intergroup contact. In stark contrast, ingroup contact metaperceptions did not emerge as a significant predictor of contact. Intergroup contact then predicted outgroup attitudes (Studies 1, 2 and 3) and stereotyping (Studies 2 and 3) via reduced anxiety (Studies 2 and 3). The results demonstrate the importance of explicitly highlighting outgroups’ openness for intergroup interactions, and are discussed in the context of intergroup relations literature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intergroup contact, meta-perceptions, outgroup attitudes, intergroup anxiety, stereotyping
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 10:55
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26729

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