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Too Ideologically Extreme, Close-Minded, or Highly Identified for Prejudice Reduction? Testing the Unique Benefits of Intergroup Contract Across Different Types of Individual Differences, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations

Abstract

Recent research demonstrates that intergroup contact effectively reduces prejudice even among prejudice-prone persons. But some assert that evidence regarding the benefits of contact among prejudice-prone individuals is “mixed”, particularly for those higher in social dominance orientation (SDO), one of the field’s most important individual differences. Problematically, person-variables are typically considered in isolation despite being inter-correlated, leaving the question of which unique psychological aspects of prejudice-proneness (e.g., authoritarianism, antiegalitarianism, cognitive style) are responsive to intergroup contact unresolved. To address this shortcoming, in a large sample of White Americans (N = 465) we simultaneously examined the contact-attitude association at varying levels of ideological (SDO, right-wing authoritarianism), cognitive-style (need for closure), and identity-based (group identification) indicators of prejudice-proneness. Examining a broad range of intergroup criterion measures (e.g., racism, support for racial profiling) we reveal that greater contact quality is associated with lower levels of intergroup hostility for those both lower and higher on a variety of indicators of prejudice-proneness, simultaneously considered.

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Article

Author(s)

Nour Kteily

Date Published

2017

Citations

Kteily, Nour. 2017. Too Ideologically Extreme, Close-Minded, or Highly Identified for Prejudice Reduction? Testing the Unique Benefits of Intergroup Contract Across Different Types of Individual Differences. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

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