Cross-group friendship, extended contact, and humanity attributions to homosexuals

Ariela Francesca Pagani, Dora Capozza, Rossella Falvo, Elena Trifiletti

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Abstract

The aim of the present paper was to test whether cross-group friendships and extended contact (knowing that ingroup members have a friendly relationship with outgroup members) are related to reduced outgroup infrahumanization. The relationship between heterosexuals and homosexuals was considered. Participants were university students; all were heterosexual. A questionnaire was used and structural equation models were evaluated. Findings showed that only extended contact was related to reduced infrahumanization and increased outgroup humanization; the key-mediator in these relationships was the mechanism of including the outgroup in the self. Practical implications of findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
JournalPROCEDIA: SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • cross-group friendships
  • extended contact
  • homosexuals’ infrahumanization
  • inclusion of the outgroup in the self

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