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J Soc Psychol. 2018;158(6):711-720. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2017.1407285. Epub 2018 Jan 8.

The effect of stereotype content on intergroup uncertainty and interactions.

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1
a University of Alberta.
2
b Humboldt State University.
3
c Mandarin Consulting Ltd.

Abstract

Drawing on intergroup threat theory and the stereotype content model, we examine intergroup relations in an organizational context. We surveyed 108 Asian immigrants working at a large international organization located in the United Kingdom. We found that perceptions of warmth and competence interact to predict minority group members' willingness to interact with an outgroup majority. Extending previous research, we demonstrate that warmth and competence differentially affect intergroup uncertainty, which mediates the relationship between stereotype content and willingness to interact with the outgroup. Three novel aspects of this research contribute to the existing literature: (1) the focus on stereotype content eliciting intergroup emotions; (2) examining the thoughts and feelings of a minority group (Asian immigrants) toward the majority group (British citizens); (3) the organizational context of the sample presents a real-world situation.

KEYWORDS:

Intergroup relations; organizational behavior; stereotypes; uncertainty

PMID:
29166218
DOI:
10.1080/00224545.2017.1407285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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