Multilingualism and Ethnic Prejudice. The Mediating Role of Intergroup Contact

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Abstract

This study explored the relationship between the ability to talk to others in more than one language and ethnic prejudice,considering the quality and quantity of intergroup contact. A structural equation model analysis was carried out on a sample of 631 Italiancitizens. The results showed that multilingualism led to an increase of acceptance of intergroup differences and positive attitudes towardMoroccans and that the quality (but not quantity) of intergroup contact-mediated those relationships. The mediating role of the quality ofintergroup contact extends previous results on the relationship between multilingualism and positive attitudes toward ethnic out-groups.These findings are important from a scientific point of view, as they enrich the conditions of the intergroup contact hypothesis.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine10
RivistaSocial Psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
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