The role of individual differences in understanding and enhancing intergroup contact

Rhiannon N. Turner*, Gordon Hodson, Kristof Dhont

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In a world characterized by divisive rhetoric, heightened xenophobia, and other forms of prejudice, it is increasingly important to find effective ways of promoting functional intergroup relations. Research on the relationship between intergroup contact and individual differences substantially contributes to achieving this goal. We review research considering the role played by individual differences in moderating the relationship between contact and prejudice and predicting contact, but also as an outcome of contact. We then outline potential directions for future research, including identifying underlying mechanisms, examining the role of context at an intergroup and societal level, and considering how positive–negative contact asymmetry may be influenced by individual differences. We then call for a broader range of individual difference and contact outcomes to be explored and encourage utilization of new methodological advances in the study of intergroup contact.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
Early online date29 Apr 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 29 Apr 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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