Exploring bi-directional racism and effective reduction strategies

Summary

My main research interests concern the development and evaluation of effective racial prejudice reduction strategies for both minority and majority group members. One focus of my curent research is integrating extended contact and dual identity recategorisation strategies to improve intergroup attitudes between Muslim and Catholic high school students who currenlty attend segregated, single-faith schools. This long-term field experiment (six and twelve month post-intervention) is showing very promising results. If found to be successful, this Dual Identity Extended Contact (DIEC) approach will have a direct impact on social policy reformulation and be integrated into the high-school curriculum.

Supervisor(s)

Associate Professor Fiona White

Research Location

School of Psychology

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

The majority of racial prejudice research is uni-directional – either measuring majority or minority attitudes towards the outgroup. In reality however, racial prejudice is a complex bi-directional phenomena, and thus both groups of attitudes need to be measured and changed. Overall, bi-directionality creates a further challenge for prejudice reduction, nevertheless effective strategies need to be developed and evaluated.

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Keywords

Prejudice reduction, cooperative contact, dual identity, social and developmental psychology, extended contact

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1083

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