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Intergroup contact and the projection of positivity

Intergroup contact and the projection of positivity

Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239 and Crisp, Richard J. (2010) Intergroup contact and the projection of positivity. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34 (6). pp. 580-591. ISSN 0147-1767 (doi:

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Three studies investigated whether intergroup contact reduces prejudice, in part, via the extension of positive attributes that define the self to the outgroup. Study 1 found that positive intergroup contact predicted self-outgroup overlap, and this overlap mediated the contact–attitude relationship. This mediational path was specific to outgroup, but not ingroup, attitudes. In Study 2 we found that it was the attribution of specifically positive, as opposed to negative, traits that mediated the contact–attitude relationship in a model that also included intergroup anxiety. In Study 3 an elaborated model was supported, in which perceived self-other similarity mediated the effects of positive contact on the attribution of positive self-traits. We discuss the findings in the context of recent advances in Intergroup Contact Theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intergroup contact, intergroup anxiety, prejudice, intergroup relations, intergroup bias
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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