Emerging research suggests that outgroup partner's anxiety can disrupt intergroup rapport-building. This study extends previous findings by investigating the interactive effects of anticipated outgroup partner's anxiety and perceived ethnic discrimination on self-anxiety and intergroup contact avoidance. A sample of immigrant adolescents belonging to different ethnic minorities in Italy (N = 118) was considered. Results showed that when participants expected to interact with an anxious outgroup (Italian) versus in-group partner, self-anxiety increased and, as a consequence, their intentions to avoid future encounters. However, these effects were observed only for participants with higher (vs. lower) perceptions of being discriminated against. The implications of these results for interethnic communication and misunderstandings are discussed. © 2013 The British Psychological Society.
|Numero di pagine||12|
|Rivista||British Journal of Social Psychology|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
Mirisola, A., Mirisola, A., Andrighetto, L., Durante, F., Volpato, C., & Lugani, F. (2013). Obstacles to intergroup contact: When outgroup partner's anxiety meets perceived ethnic discrimination. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 781-792.