The Contact Caveat

@article{Barlow2012TheCC,
  title={The Contact Caveat},
  author={Fiona Kate Barlow and Stefania Paolini and Anne Pedersen and Matthew J. Hornsey and Helena R M Radke and Jake Harwood and Mark Rubin and Chris G. Sibley},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  year={2012},
  volume={38},
  pages={1629 - 1643}
}
Contact researchers have largely overlooked the potential for negative intergroup contact to increase prejudice. In Study 1, we tested the interaction between contact quantity and valence on prejudice toward Black Australians (n = 1,476), Muslim Australians (n = 173), and asylum seekers (n = 293). In all cases, the association between contact quantity and prejudice was moderated by its valence, with negative contact emerging as a stronger and more consistent predictor than positive contact. In… Expand
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