Out-group trust, intergroup anxiety, and out-group attitude as mediators of the effect of imagined intergroup contact on intergroup behavioral tendencies

Turner, Rhiannon N.; West, Keon and Christie, Zara. 2013. Out-group trust, intergroup anxiety, and out-group attitude as mediators of the effect of imagined intergroup contact on intergroup behavioral tendencies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, E196-E205. ISSN 00219029 [Article]

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We investigated whether imagining contact with an out-group member would change behavioral tendencies toward the out-group. In Experiment 1, British high school students who imagined talking to an asylum seeker reported a stronger tendency to approach asylum seekers than did participants in a control condition. Path analysis revealed this relationship was mediated by out-group trust and, marginally, by out-group attitude. In Experiment 2, straight undergraduates who imagined an interaction with a gay individual reported a stronger tendency to approach, and a weaker tendency to avoid, gay people. Path analyses showed that these relationships were mediated by out-group trust, out-group attitude, and less intergroup anxiety. These findings highlight the potential practical importance of imagined contact and important mediators of its effects.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12019

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
June 2013Published

Item ID:

9236

Date Deposited:

29 Oct 2013 22:04

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 13:58

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9236

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