Changing the ideological roots of prejudice: Longitudinal effects of ethnic intergroup contact on social dominance orientation

Dhont, Kristof, Van Hiel, Alain, Hewstone, Miles (2014) Changing the ideological roots of prejudice: Longitudinal effects of ethnic intergroup contact on social dominance orientation. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17 (1). pp. 27-44. ISSN 1368-4302. E-ISSN 1461-7188. (doi:10.1177/1368430213497064)

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Abstract

Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) has been reported to be strongly related to a multitude of intergroup phenomena, but little is known about situational experiences that may influence SDO. Drawing from research on intergroup contact theory, we argue that positive intergroup contact is able to reduce SDO-levels. The results of an intergroup contact intervention study among high school students (Study 1, N=71) demonstrated that SDO-levels were indeed attenuated after the intervention. Furthermore, this intervention effect on SDO was especially pronounced among students reporting a higher quality of contact. A cross-lagged longitudinal survey among adults (Study 2, N=363) extended these findings by demonstrating that positive intergroup contact is able to decrease SDO over time. Moreover, we did not obtain evidence for the idea that people high in SDO would engage less in intergroup contact. These findings indicate that intergroup contact erodes one of the important socio-ideological bases of generalized prejudice and discrimination.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1368430213497064
Uncontrolled keywords: cross-lagged design ; intergroup contact ; longitudinal ; prejudice ; social dominance orientation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2014 13:06 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41999 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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