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The role of individual differences in understanding and enhancing intergroup contact

Turner, Rhiannon N., Hodson, Gordon, Dhont, Kristof (2020) The role of individual differences in understanding and enhancing intergroup contact. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, . E-ISSN 1751-9004. (doi:10.1111/spc3.12533) (KAR id:80670)

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In a world characterized by divisive rhetoric, heightened xenophobia, and other forms of prejudice, it is increasingly important to find effective ways of promoting functional intergroup relations. Research on the relationship between intergroup contact and individual differences substantially contributes to achieving this goal. We review research considering the role played by individual differences in moderating the relationship between contact and prejudice and predicting contact, but also as an outcome of contact. We then outline potential directions for future research, including identifying underlying mechanisms, examining the role of context at an intergroup and societal level, and considering how positive – negative contact asymmetry may be influenced by individual differences. We then call for a broader range of individual difference and contact outcomes to be explored and encourage utilization of new methodological advances in the study of intergroup contact.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/spc3.12533
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 10:00 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:03 UTC
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