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Effects of Geographical Upbringing and Intergroup Contact on Racial Attitudes

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dc.contributor.author Prisco, Janine M.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-18T19:03:10Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-18T19:03:10Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03-18T19:03:10Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/45548
dc.description.abstract The repercussions of racism can range from ignorance and neglect to injury and even death. Ways to decrease attitudes of racism have been debated for centuries, resulting in various theories. The contact hypothesis, a half-century old idea, states that increased intergroup contact can decrease negative attitudes. Research has also found the quality of contact between racial groups plays an important role in increasing positive racial attitudes. The current study tests this theory and further theorizes that individuals from rural environments will report greater racism than individuals from urban environments. African American (n=57) and Caucasian (n=176) participants were asked about where they grew up (to assess urban/rural status), quantity and quality of contact with the racial out-group growing up, and their current racial attitudes. Overall, results suggest that the roles of quantity and quality of contacts are significant factors in predicting interracial prejudice, while area of upbringing was not. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Racism -- United States en
dc.subject Intergroup relations -- United States en
dc.subject Whites -- United States -- Attitudes en
dc.subject African Americans -- Attitudes en
dc.subject Human geography en
dc.subject Attitude change en
dc.subject United States -- Race relations en
dc.title Effects of Geographical Upbringing and Intergroup Contact on Racial Attitudes en
dc.type Thesis en

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