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Neighborhood ethnic diversity and trust: the role of intergroup contact and perceived threat.
Psychol Sci 2014; 25(3):665-74PS

Abstract

This research reported here speaks to a contentious debate concerning the potential negative consequences of diversity for trust. We tested the relationship between neighborhood diversity and out-group, in-group, and neighborhood trust, taking into consideration previously untested indirect effects via intergroup contact and perceived intergroup threat. A large-scale national survey in England sampled White British majority (N = 868) and ethnic minority (N = 798) respondents from neighborhoods of varying degrees of diversity. Multilevel path analyses showed some negative direct effects of diversity for the majority group but also confirmed predictions that diversity was associated indirectly with increased trust via positive contact and lower threat. These indirect effects had positive implications for total effects of diversity, cancelling out most negative direct effects. Our findings have relevance for a growing body of research seeking to disentangle effects of diversity on trust that has so far largely ignored the key role of intergroup contact.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, and.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24434239

Citation

Schmid, Katharina, et al. "Neighborhood Ethnic Diversity and Trust: the Role of Intergroup Contact and Perceived Threat." Psychological Science, vol. 25, no. 3, 2014, pp. 665-74.
Schmid K, Al Ramiah A, Hewstone M. Neighborhood ethnic diversity and trust: the role of intergroup contact and perceived threat. Psychol Sci. 2014;25(3):665-74.
Schmid, K., Al Ramiah, A., & Hewstone, M. (2014). Neighborhood ethnic diversity and trust: the role of intergroup contact and perceived threat. Psychological Science, 25(3), pp. 665-74. doi:10.1177/0956797613508956.
Schmid K, Al Ramiah A, Hewstone M. Neighborhood Ethnic Diversity and Trust: the Role of Intergroup Contact and Perceived Threat. Psychol Sci. 2014;25(3):665-74. PubMed PMID: 24434239.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Neighborhood ethnic diversity and trust: the role of intergroup contact and perceived threat. AU - Schmid,Katharina, AU - Al Ramiah,Ananthi, AU - Hewstone,Miles, Y1 - 2014/01/16/ PY - 2014/1/18/entrez PY - 2014/1/18/pubmed PY - 2015/4/14/medline KW - in-group trust KW - intergroup contact KW - intergroup dynamics KW - neighborhood diversity KW - neighborhood trust KW - out-group trust KW - perceived threat KW - racial and ethnic attitudes and relations SP - 665 EP - 74 JF - Psychological science JO - Psychol Sci VL - 25 IS - 3 N2 - This research reported here speaks to a contentious debate concerning the potential negative consequences of diversity for trust. We tested the relationship between neighborhood diversity and out-group, in-group, and neighborhood trust, taking into consideration previously untested indirect effects via intergroup contact and perceived intergroup threat. A large-scale national survey in England sampled White British majority (N = 868) and ethnic minority (N = 798) respondents from neighborhoods of varying degrees of diversity. Multilevel path analyses showed some negative direct effects of diversity for the majority group but also confirmed predictions that diversity was associated indirectly with increased trust via positive contact and lower threat. These indirect effects had positive implications for total effects of diversity, cancelling out most negative direct effects. Our findings have relevance for a growing body of research seeking to disentangle effects of diversity on trust that has so far largely ignored the key role of intergroup contact. SN - 1467-9280 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24434239/Neighborhood_ethnic_diversity_and_trust:_the_role_of_intergroup_contact_and_perceived_threat_ L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956797613508956?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -