EXAMINING THE LIMITS OF A TARGET’S USE OF IMAGINED CONTACT TO REDUCE PREJUDICE

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Title:
EXAMINING THE LIMITS OF A TARGET’S USE OF IMAGINED CONTACT TO REDUCE PREJUDICE
Author:
SACKETT, ALEXANDRA
Issue Date:
2016
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The contemporary prejudice reduction strategy, Imagined Contact, has seen overwhelming success, particularly as the elaboration is increased. The current study proposes limitations of this strategy, highlighting (1) initial prejudice level and (2) the nature of the prejudice. We hypothesized that increasing the elaboration (and therefore vividness) of Imagined Contact increases disgust, which increases prejudice, among individuals with preexisting high levels of prejudice against obese individuals. Our results support predictions about disgust but do not translate to our liking measure. As prejudice against obese individuals is driven in part by disgust, a strategy that increases disgust must be examined more closely. We suggest future research consider other prejudice outcomes, such as avoidance. This study also proposed a target empowerment application of Imagined Contact, suggesting that the strategy is not restricted to third party interventions and future research should examine source effects.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
Bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Stone, Jeff

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleEXAMINING THE LIMITS OF A TARGET’S USE OF IMAGINED CONTACT TO REDUCE PREJUDICEen_US
dc.creatorSACKETT, ALEXANDRAen
dc.contributor.authorSACKETT, ALEXANDRAen
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThe contemporary prejudice reduction strategy, Imagined Contact, has seen overwhelming success, particularly as the elaboration is increased. The current study proposes limitations of this strategy, highlighting (1) initial prejudice level and (2) the nature of the prejudice. We hypothesized that increasing the elaboration (and therefore vividness) of Imagined Contact increases disgust, which increases prejudice, among individuals with preexisting high levels of prejudice against obese individuals. Our results support predictions about disgust but do not translate to our liking measure. As prejudice against obese individuals is driven in part by disgust, a strategy that increases disgust must be examined more closely. We suggest future research consider other prejudice outcomes, such as avoidance. This study also proposed a target empowerment application of Imagined Contact, suggesting that the strategy is not restricted to third party interventions and future research should examine source effects.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en
thesis.degree.levelBachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorStone, Jeffen
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