“Nudging” intergroup contact: Normative social influences on intergroup contact engagement

Meleady, Rose ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4671-4960 (2021) “Nudging” intergroup contact: Normative social influences on intergroup contact engagement. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 24 (7). pp. 1180-1199. ISSN 1368-4302

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Much research has shown that intergroup contact is associated with a reduction in prejudice. Far less attention has been paid to the conditions that promote intergroup contact. This research explored the role of normative social influence in predicting contact engagement (total N = 1538). Cross-sectional Study 1 found that individual’s perception of descriptive levels of intergroup contact amongst the ingroup predicted their own contact engagement whilst controlling for outgroup attitudes. Study 2 and Study 3 demonstrated that an experimental manipulation of descriptive norms promoted outgroup approach intentions, and actual approach behaviour. Participants were more open to future intergroup contact when they learnt of the high prevalence of this behaviour amongst the ingroup. Study 4 then considered how normative techniques could be used when intergroup contact is not commonplace. Together, the findings provide a new understanding of the antecedents of intergroup contact and new techniques for encouraging greater inclusion and integration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intergroup contact,social norms,social influence,prejudice
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2021 23:58
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 02:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79811
DOI: 10.1177/13684302211016047


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