Imagined intergroup contact and common ingroup identity:an integrative approach


We conducted two studies involving two different age groups (elementary school children and adults) aimed at integrating imagined contact and common ingroup identity models. In the first study, Italian elementary school children were asked to imagine interacting with an unknown immigrant peer as members of a common group. Results revealed that common ingroup imagined contact, relative to a control condition, improved outgroup helping intentions assessed 1 week and 2 weeks after the intervention. In the second study, common ingroup imagined contact led Italian university students to display higher intentions to have contact with immigrants compared to control conditions. In conclusion, results from both studies demonstrate that imagining an intergroup interaction as members of the same group strengthens the effects of imagined contact. These findings point to the importance of combining the common ingroup identity model and the imagined contact theory in order to increase the potentiality of prejudice reduction interventions.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: Social Psychology, 46 © (2015) by Hogrefe Publishing. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in Social Psychology. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation.
Uncontrolled Keywords: behavioral intentions,common ingroup identity,imagined intergroup contact,intergroup relations,prejudice reduction,Psychology(all),Social Psychology,Sociology and Political Science,Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Publication ISSN: 1940-1183
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 12:25
Full Text Link: http://econtent ... 64-9335/a000242
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-10
Authors: Vezzali, Loris
Stathi, Sofia
Crisp, Richard J.
Giovannini, Dino
Capozza, Dora
Gaertner, Samuel L.



Version: Accepted Version

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