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What makes a young assertive bystander? The effect of intergroup contact, empathy, cultural openness, and in-Group bias on assertive bystander intervention intentions.

Abbott, Nicola, Cameron, Lindsey (2014) What makes a young assertive bystander? The effect of intergroup contact, empathy, cultural openness, and in-Group bias on assertive bystander intervention intentions. Journal of Social Issues, 70 (1). pp. 167-182. ISSN 0022-4537. (doi:10.1111/josi.12053)

Abstract

The present research tests the indirect effects of intergroup contact on adolescents’ bystander intervention intentions via four potential mediators: “empathy,” “cultural openness,” “in-group bias,” and “intergroup anxiety.” British adolescents (N = 855), aged 11–13 years, completed measures of intergroup (interethnic) contact and the identified indirect variables. Intended bystander behavior was measured by presenting participants with an intergroup (immigrant) name-calling scenario. Participants rated the extent to which they would behave assertively. The findings extend previous intergroup contact research by showing a significant indirect effect of intergroup contact on assertive bystander intentions via empathy, cultural openness and in-group bias (but not via intergroup anxiety). Theoretical implications and practical suggestions for future prejudice-reduction interventions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/josi.12053
Uncontrolled keywords: young assertive bystander, intergroup contact, empathy, cultural openness, in-group bias, intervention intentions, adolescents, Empathy, Ingroup Outgroup, Intergroup Dynamics, Intervention, Bystander Effect, Adolescent Development, Intention, Openmindedness, Sociocultural Factors
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Lindsey Cameron
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 14:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45067 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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