Analysis shows personal contact reduces tension and prejudice
April 28, 2011
Does interacting with other groups reduce prejudice and conflict? Can it be proven? “The answer is yes, it helps, overwhelmingly,” says Thomas F. Pettigrew, social psychology research professor at UC Santa Cruz.
In a new book, When Groups Meet: the Dynamics of Intergroup Contact (Psychology Press, 2011), Pettigrew, and Linda R. Tropp, associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, analyze research that shows how bringing groups together can mitigate prejudice.
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