How Different Cues Affect Interracial Relationships

963 WordsNov 11, 20154 Pages
Problem In order to achieve a higher level of understanding about how different cues affect interracial relationships, Daryl Wout, Mary Murphy, and Sabrica Barnett, pioneered a study which explores the role threats and safety play in blacks concern about rejection and want for friendship with whites. They hypothesized that black participants would be more concerned about rejection and less likely to desire friendship with whites when faced with a safety and a threat cue as opposed to two safety cues. Previous studies had explored the effects which interracial relationships have on prejudice, racial attitude, and cultural awareness but there hadn’t yet been any research done which looked that what factors increase or decrease the chances of such relationships forming. By looking at different situational factors, and outcomes one can assume that there are some factors that may cause interracial relationships to become more common. The fact that interracial friendships have been shown to foster a more positive attitudes as well as a higher level of cultural awareness, can help us understand the importance of finding more successful ways to encourage interracial mixing. By looking at how threat cues impact the implications and outcomes of already present safety cues, one can see how the first part of this study, referred to as study 1, can create environments where people, specifically the minority, feel safe and encouraged to form interracial relationships. Subjects For
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