Ethnic prejudice and intergroup contact in prospective adoptive parents

Elena Camilla Rosa Canzi, Laura Ferrari, Sonia Ranieri, Rosa Rosnati*

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While ethnic prejudice is considered a key factor in parental cultural socialization strategies, there is nonetheless a lack of research about this topic among prospective transracially adoptive parents and the extent of their contacts with members of minority ethnic groups. Participants in the current study were 175 couples: 102 prospective adoptive parents pursuing international adoption in Italy and 73 couples who at the time of the study neither had children nor were involved in the adoption process. Results showed, first, that prospective adoptive parents reported lower levels of ethnic prejudice and more positive intergroup contacts than the comparison group and, second, that adoptive status, together with a more positive intergroup contact, predicted lower levels of negative prejudice. Implications for pre- and post-adoption interventions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-194
Number of pages14
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Ethnic prejudice
  • Intergroup contact
  • Prospective adoptive parents
  • Transracial adoption


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