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Changing attitudes with a little imagination’: Imagined contact effects on young children’s intergroup bias.

Cameron, Lindsey; Rutland, Adam; Turner, Rhiannon; Holman-Nicolas, Rosie and Powell, Claire. 2011. Changing attitudes with a little imagination’: Imagined contact effects on young children’s intergroup bias. Anales de Psicología, 27(3), pp. 708-717. ISSN 0212-9728 [Article]

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The current research tested a recent development in social psychology, namely „imagined contact‟, among young children (n = 123, 5 to 10 years). Children imagined interacting with a physically disabled child, or did not take part in this activity (the control group). Compared with the control group, children who engaged in „imagined contact‟ subsequently showed reduced intergroup bias in their general attitude and ratings of warmth and competence. Imagined contact also led to more positive intended friendship behavior towards the disabled, but only among 5 – 6 year olds. This provides partial support for our hypothesis that younger children, perhaps as a result of their lack of outgroup experience, are more likely to benefit from imagined contact. Implications for the development of attitudes towards the disabled, imagined contact theory and the development of classroom-based prejudice-reduction techniques based on imagined contact are discussed.

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Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2011Published

Item ID:

12281

Date Deposited:

22 Jul 2015 12:53

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 12:43

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12281

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