Race and willingness to co-operate with the police: The roles of quality of contact, attitudes towards the behaviour and subjective norms

Viki, G. Tendayi and Culmer, Michelle J. and Eller, Anja and Abrams, Dominic (2006) Race and willingness to co-operate with the police: The roles of quality of contact, attitudes towards the behaviour and subjective norms. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45 (Part 2). pp. 285-302. ISSN 0144-6665 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Black individuals are usually reluctant to co-operate with the police (Smith, 1983a). We propose that a history of unpleasant interactions with the police generates hostile attitudes towards the institution (Jefferson & Walker, 1993). Using a sample of 56 black and 64 white participants, we examined whether quality of contact predicts black people's attitudes and subjective norms concerning co-operating with the police. Our findings indicated that the Contact Hypothesis (Pettigrew, 1998) and Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen, 1991) jointly provide some insight into the disinclination of black individuals to co-operate with the police. We found that the relationship between race and attitudes or subjective norms concerning co-operation with police investigations was mediated by quality of previous contact with the police. In turn, the relationship between quality of contact and willingness to co-operate with police investigations was mediated by both attitudes and subjective norms. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2008 14:33
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4549 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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