Rejected! Cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety as mediators of the impact of cross-group friendships on prejudice

Barlow, Fiona Kate, Louis, Winnifred R. and Hewstone, Miles (2009) Rejected! Cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety as mediators of the impact of cross-group friendships on prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48 3: 389-405. doi:10.1348/014466608X387089


Author Barlow, Fiona Kate
Louis, Winnifred R.
Hewstone, Miles
Title Rejected! Cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety as mediators of the impact of cross-group friendships on prejudice
Journal name British Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-6665
Publication date 2009-09-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1348/014466608X387089
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 389
End page 405
Total pages 17
Editor John Dixon
Jolanda Jetten
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher The British Psychological Society
Language eng
Subject 170113 Social and Community Psychology
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
C1
Abstract In a sample of White Australians (N = 273), cross-group friendship with Aboriginal Australians was associated with reduced cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety, and these variables fully mediated the effect of cross-group friendship on conversational avoidance of sensitive intergroup topics, active avoidance of the outgroup, and old-fashioned prejudice. The novel mediator proposed here, cognitions of rejection, predicted intergroup anxiety, and also predicted the three outcome variables via intergroup anxiety. Over and above its indirect effects via anxiety, cognitions of rejection directly predicted both conversational and active avoidance, suggesting that whilst the cognitive and affective mediators are linked, they predict intergroup outcomes in different ways. The results demonstrate the beneficial impact of cross group friendship in reducing prejudice and avoidance by diminishing cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety. We also highlight that individuals without cross-group friends may perceive the outgroup as rejecting, feel anxious about cross-group interaction, and desire both conversational and physical avoidance of the outgroup.
Keyword Social Exclusion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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