Extended contact through cross-group romantic relationships

Paterson, Jenny, Turner, Rhiannon N. and Conner, Mark T. (2015) Extended contact through cross-group romantic relationships. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45 (9). pp. 489-497. ISSN 0021-9029

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12314


Cross‐group romantic relationships are an extremely intimate and often maligned form of intergroup contact. Yet, according to intergroup contact theory, these relationships have the potential to improve the intergroup attitudes of others via extended contact. This study combines the interpersonal and intergroup literatures to examine the outcomes associated with knowing a partner in a cross‐group romantic relationship. Results suggest that cross‐group romantic partners encounter greater disapproval toward their relationships than same‐group partners and, as a result, their relationships are perceived more negatively. Nevertheless, extended contact with cross‐group partners, controlling for participants' cross‐group friendships and romantic relationships, predicts more positive attitudes toward cross‐group dating and positive intergroup attitudes in general, mediated by perceived ingroup norms toward cross‐group relationships.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2019 08:12
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 16:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40286

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