Direct, extended, and mass-mediated contact with immigrants in Italy: their associations with emotions, prejudice, and humanity perceptions: Different types of intergroup contact and prejudice

TitleDirect, extended, and mass-mediated contact with immigrants in Italy: their associations with emotions, prejudice, and humanity perceptions: Different types of intergroup contact and prejudice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsVisintin, EPaolo, Voci, A, Pagotto, L, Hewstone, M
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume47
Number4
Pagination175–194
ISSN00219029
Keywordsdirect contact, extended contact, infrahumanization, intergroup contact, intergroup emotions, mass media, negative contact, positive contact, prejudice
Abstract

Two correlational studies investigated the associations between different forms of intergroup
contact, on the one hand, and Italians’ prejudice and humanity attributions toward immigrants
in Italy, on the other. Study 1 examined the effects of direct contact, extended contact and
parasocial contact through mass-media, assessing separately contact through TV news and
newspapers and contact through entertainment programs. Study 2 analyzed the distinct effects
of positive and negative episodes of the contact forms considered in Study 1. Across the
studies, we tested the mediational role of intergroup anxiety, empathy, and trust. Overall,
results showed the importance of taking into account different forms of contact and
considering the emotional processes during contact experiences to understand intergroup
attitudes.

URLhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/jasp.12423
DOI10.1111/jasp.12423