Secondary Transfer Effects Of Intergroup Contact

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In “ Secondary Transfer Effects of Intergroup Contact: A Cross-National Comparison in Europe” by Katharina Schmid, Miles Hewstone, Beate Küpper, Andreas Zick and, Ulrich Wagner, the secondary transfer effect theory is tested in eight European countries including France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and The United Kingdoms. The aim of this study is “to test the extent to which the relationship between intergroup contact and attitudes toward the two secondary out-groups is mediated by attitudes toward the primary group” (Schmid et all, 2012: 33) which they developed two hypotheses for the results which they tested using a questionnaire and over seven-thousand participants. The two hypotheses were that persons who had good experiences with immigrants would have positive opinions towards immigrants and that higher levels of social dominance orientation (Pratto et all, 1994: 741) will be associated with unfavourable opinions towards homosexuals and Jews (Schmid et all, 2012: 33-35). The authors found different results between countries, in regards to each hypothesis, and whether or not a country fell in line with these predictions. The authors found that “intergroup contact with immigrants was by large associated with less negative attitudes toward [the] two secondary out-groups” (44). Whether or not the positive opinions of one group will generalize to other groups not involved with interaction, is an under addressed topic within the contact…
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