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The Impact of Cross-Group Romantic Relationships on Intergroup Prejudice

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Abstract:

Considerable research has been devoted to understanding intergroup contact. In this paper I aimed to highlight theoretical processes that reduce cross-group prejudice and promote intergroup cooperation. Therefore, I focused on the role of social contact in the form of romantic relationship between individuals belonging to different (e.g., racial, ethnic, religious) social groups. In emerging work convincing evidence has been provided that cross-group friendships reduce intergroup prejudice (Levin, van Laar, & Sidanius, 2003). Accordingly, cross-group romantic relationships should also reduce intergroup prejudice. Overall, in this paper I emphasized the significance of affective ties among members of different social groups, along with the unique role that social contact plays in reducing intergroup prejudice.

Keywords: COOPERATION; CROSS-GROUP ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP; INTERGROUP CONTACT; PREJUDICE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.1.1

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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