The extended contact effect: Knowledge of cross-group friendships and prejudice.

@article{Wright1997TheEC,
  title={The extended contact effect: Knowledge of cross-group friendships and prejudice.},
  author={Stephen C. Wright and Arthur Aron and Tracy McLaughlin-Volpe and Stacy A. Ropp},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  year={1997},
  volume={73},
  pages={73-90}
}
The extended contact hypothesis proposes that knowledge that an in-group member has a close relationship with an out-group member can lead to more positive intergroup attitudes. Proposed mechanisms are the in-group or out-group member serving as positive exemplars and the inclusion of the out-group member's group membership in the self. In Studies I and 2, respondents knowing an in-group member with an out-group friend had less negative attitudes toward that out-group, even controlling for… Expand

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