Obstacles to intergroup contact: When outgroup partner's anxiety meets perceived ethnic discrimination

Luca Andrighetto, Federica Durante, Federica Lugani, Chiara Volpato, Alberto Mirisola

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Abstract

Emerging research suggests that outgroup partner's anxiety can disrupt intergroup rapport-building. This study extends previous findings by investigating the interactive effects of anticipated outgroup partner's anxiety and perceived ethnic discrimination on self-anxiety and intergroup contact avoidance. A sample of immigrant adolescents belonging to different ethnic minorities in Italy (N = 118) was considered. Results showed that when participants expected to interact with an anxious outgroup (Italian) versus in-group partner, self-anxiety increased and, as a consequence, their intentions to avoid future encounters. However, these effects were observed only for participants with higher (vs. lower) perceptions of being discriminated against. The implications of these results for interethnic communication and misunderstandings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-792
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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