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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (4) : 711-720     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00711
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Intergroup Threat: The Contributing Factors and Reduction Strategies
DANG Baobao;GAO Chenghai;YANG Yang;WAN Minggang
Research Center for Education of Northwest Ethnic Minorities, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China
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Abstract  

Intergroup threat can increase the negative stereotypes and prejudices, even lead to intergroup conflict and violence. This article discusses the contributing factors of intergroup threat (including individuals’ perceptions and experiences, group characteristics, social policies and regulations) and suggests some strategies to reduce intergroup threat (including changing social categorization, blurring intergroup boundaries and increasing the opportunity of intergroup contact). To provide theoretical basis for improving intergroup relations, future research will need to furnish theoretical model of intergroup threat in different social contexts and examine the mechanism that underlies the interactions of pertaining variables interactions to promote the intergroup relationship.

Keywords intergroup threat      prejudice      group attitude      social categorization      intergroup contact     
Corresponding Authors: WAN Minggang   
Issue Date: 15 April 2014
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DANG Baobao,GAO Chenghai,YANG Yang, et al. Intergroup Threat: The Contributing Factors and Reduction Strategies[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(4): 711-720.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00711     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2014/V22/I4/711
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