Life on the Ocean Wave: Testing Some Intergroup Hypotheses in a Naturalistic Setting

Brown, Rupert, Maras, Pam, Masser, Barbara, Vivian, James and Hewstone, Miles (2001) Life on the Ocean Wave: Testing Some Intergroup Hypotheses in a Naturalistic Setting. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 4 (2). pp. 81-97. ISSN 1368-4302

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Abstract

A survey (N= 352) was conducted among British passengers of a cross-channel ferry. The survey aimed to test hypotheses drawn from Realistic Group Conflict, Social Identity and Contact theories using mainly a correlational design. However, an intervention by members of the outgroup (French fishermen blockading a port) also allowed a quasi-experimental test of the effects of a direct experience of intergroup conflict. Results supported the hypotheses since conflict and national identification were associated with more negative and with less positive attitudes toward the outgroup, while contact had the reverse effects. In addition, the salience of group membership in the contact relationship weakly moderated the effect of contact.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Rupert Brown
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:43
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 09:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14138
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