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Title: Secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact : Alternative accounts and underlying processes
Authors: Tausch, Nicole
Hewstone, Miles
Kenworthy, Jared B.
Psaltis, Charis
Schmid, Katharina
Popan, Jason R.
Cairns, Ed
Hughes, Joanne
Keywords: Intergroup contact
Prejudice reduction
Secondary transfer effect
Attitude generalization
Ingroup reappraisal
Social identity
Group identification
Outgroup attitudes
Reduce prejudice
BF Psychology
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Citation: Tausch , N , Hewstone , M , Kenworthy , J B , Psaltis , C , Schmid , K , Popan , J R , Cairns , E & Hughes , J 2010 , ' Secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact : Alternative accounts and underlying processes ' Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , vol 99 , no. 2 , pp. 282-302 . , 10.1037/a0018553
Abstract: Although intergroup contact is one of the most prominent interventions to reduce prejudice, the generalization of contact effects is still a contentious issue. This research further examined the rarely studied secondary transfer effect (STE; Pettigrew, 2009), by which contact with a primary outgroup reduces prejudice toward secondary groups that are not directly involved in the contact. Across 3 cross-sectional studies conducted in Cyprus (N = 1,653), Northern Ireland (N = 1,973), and Texas (N = 275) and 1 longitudinal study conducted in Northern Ireland (N = 411), the present research sought to systematically rule out alternative accounts of the STE and to investigate 2 potential mediating mechanisms (ingroup reappraisal and attitude generalization). Results indicated that, consistent with the STE, contact with a primary outgroup predicts attitudes toward secondary outgroups, over and above contact with the secondary outgroup, socially desirable responding, and prior attitudes. Mediation analyses found strong evidence for attitude generalization but only limited evidence for ingroup reappraisal as an underlying process. Two out of 3 tests of a reverse model, where contact with the secondary outgroup predicts attitudes toward the primary outgroup, provide further evidence for an indirect effect through attitude generalization. Theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed, and directions for future research are identified.
Version: Postprint
Status: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0022-3514
Type: Journal article
Rights: (c)2010 American Psychological Association. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
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