[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150102210]
Researchers Dr Stefania Paolini; Prof Jake Harwood; A/Prof David Neumann; Prof Miles Hewstone
Brief description Extensive research on group desegregation shows that intergroup contact (face-to-face interactions between people of opposing groups) should be encouraged for harmonious group relations; such contact maximises social integration, self-esteem, health, and productivity. Yet these benefits are often missed as people actively avoid intergroup contact. This research introduces a theoretically- and empirically-grounded typology of contact approach-avoidance that: (1) identifies personal and situational determinants driving outgroup approach in natural settings, (2) delineates outcomes of outgroup approach for psychological processes critical to intergroup relations, and (3) indicates new interventions for encouraging intergroup contact.
Funding Amount $293,400
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects