Effects of intergroup conflict and social contact on prejudice: the mediating role of stereotypes and evaluations

Gaunt, Ruth (2011) Effects of intergroup conflict and social contact on prejudice: the mediating role of stereotypes and evaluations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41 (6). ISSN 0021-9029

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00762.x

Abstract

This study explored the mediating role of stereotypes and evaluations in the relationships between intergroup conflict, social contact and behavioral intentions to engage in intergroup contact. The hypotheses, derived from realistic group conflict theory and intergroup contact theory, were tested on samples of Arab and Jewish high-school students in the context of an ethno-racial intergroup conflict. As hypothesized, the less participants perceived a conflict between the groups, and the greater their past contact with outgroup members, the more they were willing to engage in intergroup contact. Moreover, stereotypes and evaluations mediated these effects in the Jewish sample. The implications of these findings for the study of the mechanisms underlying prejudice are discussed.

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Additional Information:This study explored the mediating role of stereotypes and evaluations in the relationships between intergroup conflict, social contact and behavioral intentions to engage in intergroup contact. The hypotheses, derived from realistic group conflict theory and intergroup contact theory, were tested on samples of Arab and Jewish high-school students in the context of an ethno-racial intergroup conflict. As hypothesized, the less participants perceived a conflict between the groups, and the greater their past contact with outgroup members, the more they were willing to engage in intergroup contact. Moreover, stereotypes and evaluations mediated these effects in the Jewish sample. The implications of these findings for the study of the mechanisms underlying prejudice are discussed.
Keywords:conflict, contact, intergroup relations, prejudice, stereotypes
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:6393
Deposited By: Ruth Gaunt
Deposited On:02 Oct 2012 06:12
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:15

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