How intergroup friendship works: A longitudinal study of friendship effects on outgroup attitudes

Rhiannon N. Turner, Allard R. Feddes

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Abstract

Cross-sectional research has shown that frequency of self-disclosure to outgroup members mediates the positive relationship between intergroup friendship and outgroup attitudes. The current research investigated the relationship between self-disclosure and attitudes in more depth. New undergraduate students were asked to nominate an ingroup or outgroup friend and then report the intimacy of their disclosures to them, their anxiety and attitudes towards a series of social groups, in the first week of the semester and 6 weeks later. Intimacy of disclosure predicted more positive attitudes towards outgroups over time, but this association was only found among participants who nominated an outgroup friend. In the ingroup friend condition, a negative association was found. These associations were mediated by general intergroup anxiety. These relationships highlight the importance of integrating theories of interpersonal and intergroup relations when investigating intergroup contact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-923
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume41
Issue number7
Early online date22 Sept 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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