Comparing direct and imagined intergroup contact among children:effects on outgroup stereotypes and helping intentions


We conducted an experimental intervention aimed at comparing the effectiveness of direct and imagined intergroup contact. Italian elementary school children took part in a three-week intervention with dependent variables assessed one week after the last intervention session. Results revealed that direct and imagined intergroup contact, compared to control conditions of direct and imagined intragroup contact, had an additive impact when it came to reducing negative stereotypes of immigrants and fostering future helping intentions toward this group. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: behavioral intentions,children,direct intergroup contact,imagined contact,intergroup relations,prejudice-reduction,Business and International Management,Social Psychology,Sociology and Political Science
Publication ISSN: 1873-7552
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Published Date: 2015-11
Published Online Date: 2015-07-26
Submitted Date: 2015-01-27
Authors: Vezzali, Loris
Stathi, Sofia
Crisp, Richard J.
Capozza, Dora

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