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Changing children’s intergroup attitudes towards refugees: Testing different models of extended contact

Cameron, Lindsey, Rutland, Adam, Brown, Rupert, Douch, Rebecca (2006) Changing children’s intergroup attitudes towards refugees: Testing different models of extended contact. Child Development, 77 (5). pp. 1208-1219. (KAR id:4163)


The present research evaluated an intervention, derived from the "extended contact hypothesis," which aimed to change children's intergroup attitudes toward refugees. The study (n=253) tested 3 models of extended contact among 5- to 11-year-old children: dual identity, common ingroup identity, and decategorization. Children read friendship stories based upon these models featuring in- and outgroup members. Outgroup attitudes were significantly more positive in the extended contact conditions, compared with the control, and this was mediated by "inclusion of other in self." The dual identity intervention was the most effective extended contact model at improving outgroup attitudes. The effect of condition on outgroup intended behavior was moderated by subgroup identity. Implications for theoretically based prejudice-reduction interventions among children are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: contact intervention, dual identity, ingroup identity, decategorization, children, intergroup attitudes toward refugees, Child Attitudes, Ingroup Outgroup, Intervention, Refugees, Social Identity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Lindsey Cameron
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2008 17:07 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:42 UTC
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Cameron, Lindsey.

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Rutland, Adam.

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