An age apart: The effects of intergenerational contact and stereotype threat on performance and intergroup bias

Abrams, Dominic and Eller, Anja and Bryant, Jacqueline (2006) An age apart: The effects of intergenerational contact and stereotype threat on performance and intergroup bias. Psychology and Ageing, 21 (4). pp. 691-702. ISSN 0882-7974. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

An experimental study examined the effect of intergenerational contact and Stereotype threat on older people's cognitive performance, anxiety, intergroup bias, and identification. Participants completed a series of cognitive tasks under high or low stereotype threat (through comparison with younger people). In line with stereotype threat theory, threat resulted in worse performance. However, this did not occur if prior intergenerational contact had been more positive. This moderating effect of contact was mediated by test-related anxiety. In line with intergroup contact theory, more positive contact was associated with reduced prejudice and reduced ingroup identification. However this occurred in the high threat, but not low threat, condition. The findings suggest that positive intergenerational contact can reduce vulnerability to stereotype threat among older people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: intergenerational contact; stereotype threat; test performance; ingroup bias
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2008 10:52
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4099 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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