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What will the others think? In-group norms as a mediator of the effects of intergroup contact.
Br J Soc Psychol 2010; 49(Pt 3):507-23BJ

Abstract

The influence of social norms in the context of intergroup relations has long been recognized by social psychologists, yet research on intergroup contact and social norms have usually remained disconnected. We explored the influence of direct and indirect friendship on attitudes towards ethnic minorities in Norway, and in particular the role of in-group norms about the social approval of intergroup contact as a mechanism that distinguishes direct from indirect contact. Using a sample of school students from 89 classrooms (N=823), we tested this hypothesis with both one level and multi-level structural equation modelling (ML-SEM), where the amount of contact of other classroom members was considered as a form of indirect contact. The results suggest that the intergroup contact of other in-group members (in-group friends or classmates) affects attitudes towards the out-group by changing the perception of in-group norms and by reducing intergroup anxiety. In contrast, direct contact (or contact at the individual level in the case of ML-SEM), improved attitudes only by reducing intergroup anxiety, and did not affect the perception of in-group norms.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. p.de-tezanos-pinto@sussex.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19807942

Citation

De Tezanos-Pinto, Pablo, et al. "What Will the Others Think? In-group Norms as a Mediator of the Effects of Intergroup Contact." The British Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 49, no. Pt 3, 2010, pp. 507-23.
De Tezanos-Pinto P, Bratt C, Brown R. What will the others think? In-group norms as a mediator of the effects of intergroup contact. Br J Soc Psychol. 2010;49(Pt 3):507-23.
De Tezanos-Pinto, P., Bratt, C., & Brown, R. (2010). What will the others think? In-group norms as a mediator of the effects of intergroup contact. The British Journal of Social Psychology, 49(Pt 3), pp. 507-23. doi:10.1348/014466609X471020.
De Tezanos-Pinto P, Bratt C, Brown R. What Will the Others Think? In-group Norms as a Mediator of the Effects of Intergroup Contact. Br J Soc Psychol. 2010;49(Pt 3):507-23. PubMed PMID: 19807942.
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TY - JOUR T1 - What will the others think? In-group norms as a mediator of the effects of intergroup contact. AU - De Tezanos-Pinto,Pablo, AU - Bratt,Christopher, AU - Brown,Rupert, Y1 - 2009/10/05/ PY - 2009/10/8/entrez PY - 2009/10/8/pubmed PY - 2010/12/14/medline SP - 507 EP - 23 JF - The British journal of social psychology JO - Br J Soc Psychol VL - 49 IS - Pt 3 N2 - The influence of social norms in the context of intergroup relations has long been recognized by social psychologists, yet research on intergroup contact and social norms have usually remained disconnected. We explored the influence of direct and indirect friendship on attitudes towards ethnic minorities in Norway, and in particular the role of in-group norms about the social approval of intergroup contact as a mechanism that distinguishes direct from indirect contact. Using a sample of school students from 89 classrooms (N=823), we tested this hypothesis with both one level and multi-level structural equation modelling (ML-SEM), where the amount of contact of other classroom members was considered as a form of indirect contact. The results suggest that the intergroup contact of other in-group members (in-group friends or classmates) affects attitudes towards the out-group by changing the perception of in-group norms and by reducing intergroup anxiety. In contrast, direct contact (or contact at the individual level in the case of ML-SEM), improved attitudes only by reducing intergroup anxiety, and did not affect the perception of in-group norms. SN - 0144-6665 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19807942/What_will_the_others_think_In_group_norms_as_a_mediator_of_the_effects_of_intergroup_contact_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1348/014466609X471020 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -