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Role of perceived importance in intergroup contact.
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PMID:  15301628     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Furthering G. W. Allport's contentions for optimal contact, the authors introduce a new construct: the perceived importance of contact. They propose that perceived importance is the best proximal predictor of contact's reduction of prejudice. If individuals have opportunities for contact at work or in the neighborhood, their chances to have intergroup acquaintances and friends increase. Intergroup contact among acquaintances and friends can be perceived as more or less important, which in turn determines intergroup evaluations. A 1st study shows that the new measure of perceived importance is indeed distinct from established quantity and quality indicators. The results are cross-validated in a 2nd study that also sheds light on the meaning of importance. In 3rd and 4th studies, structural equation analyses and a meta-analysis support the hypotheses.
Rolf van Dick; Ulrich Wagner; Thomas F Pettigrew; Oliver Christ; Carina Wolf; Thomas Petzel; Vanessa Smith Castro; James S Jackson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality and social psychology     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0022-3514     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2004 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-10     Completed Date:  2004-10-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014171     Medline TA:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Ethnic Groups
Interpersonal Relations*
Social Perception*

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