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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (5): 836-843.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00836

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Extended inter-group contact: Viewpoints, mechanisms and future researches

AI Juan   

  1. (Department of Psychology, Tian Jin University of Commerce, TianJin 300134, China)
  • Received:2015-05-04 Online:2016-05-15 Published:2016-05-15
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Extended contact effect proposes that knowledge of an in-group member has a close relationship with an out-group member can lead to less inter-group prejudice, and more positive inter-group attitude. Inter-group anxiety, perceived in-group norms/perceived out-group norms, including others in self, and self disclosure are the mediators in the relationship between extended group contact and attitude. Individual differences on sensitivity of group norms, closeness of relationship with in-group members, attitude of social consciousness and direct inter-group contact are the moderators in the actual effects of extended inter-group contact. More studies are needed to explore the motivations behind the extended contact effect, compare the differences of extended contact effect on children and adults attitudes, focus on the far-reaching social consequences of extended contact, and intensify integration of different indirect inter-group contacts.

Key words: extended contact effect, group prejudice, group attitude, inter-group relationship