Does intimacy counteract or amplify the detrimental effects of negative intergroup contact on attitudes?

Graf, Sylvie; Paolini, Stefania; Rubin, Mark (2018). Does intimacy counteract or amplify the detrimental effects of negative intergroup contact on attitudes? Group processes and intergroup relations, p. 136843021876702. Sage 10.1177/1368430218767026

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Past research is limited by a focus on intimacy in positive intergroup contact. This study tested whether intergroup intimacy counteracts or amplifies the detrimental effects of negative intergroup contact on outgroup attitudes. Participants from five Central European countries (N = 1,276) described their intergroup contact with, and attitudes towards, citizens from neighboring nations. We coded the contact descriptions for presence (vs. absence) of intimacy (intimate, casual, or formal relationships) and contact valence (negative, positive, or ambivalent). The results indicated that those who reported negative contact in the context of intimate relationships displayed more positive outgroup attitudes than those who reported negative contact in the context of nonintimate relationships. This protective function of intimacy extended to instances of ambivalent contact. Our findings speak of the additive value of intimacy and positivity for intergroup relations; they underscore the benefits of intimacy as part of not only positive but also negative intergroup contact.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Graf, Sylvie

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1368-4302

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sylvie Graf

Date Deposited:

02 May 2019 15:41

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 06:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1368430218767026

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127819

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127819

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