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Title: The effect of negative and positive contact on prejudice reduction in portuguese adolescents in the school context
Authors: Pegna, Anna
Orientador: Bianchi, Mauro
Rodrigues, Ricardo Borges
Keywords: Contact hypothesis
Positive contact
Negative contact
Intergroup relations
Relações étnicas
Influência intergrupal
Ambiente escolar
Mudança de atitude
Psicologia social
Issue Date: 7-Nov-2018
Citation: Pegna, A. (2018). The effect of negative and positive contact on prejudice reduction in portuguese adolescents in the school context [Dissertação de mestrado, Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa]. Repositório do Iscte.
Abstract: Drawing from the contact hypothesis, the present research examines the effect of positive and negative contact on intergroup attitudes of white and black secondary school adolescents in Portugal (N = 85). Both majority and minority groups are examined in a longitudinal design. Cross-lagged regression analyses shows that the "from contact to less prejudice" path is confirmed only for majority group students, for whom positive contact was effective in intergroup bias reduction. Negative contact predicts negative intergroup attitudes for both groups, with a strongest effect for the minority group member. In comparison, emerged that for majority group students, positive contact is more influential on bias reduction. For minority group students, negative contact is more powerful in increasing negative intergroup attitudes more than the positive contact is to its reduction, and the opposite path was found too, as intergroup bias was a predictor of negative contact. These results underline the importance of analysing both positive and negative intergroup contact effects on ethnic prejudice, considering that the potential of negative contact in the increase of prejudice was largely neglected in the area of intergroup relations.
Peer reviewed: yes
Thesis identifier: 202041859
Designation: Mestrado em Psicologia das Relações Interculturais
Appears in Collections:T&D-DM - Dissertações de mestrado

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