Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)30 - 253 3027

Project Information

Project Title
"Understanding and improving intergroup contact between host society and refugee groups: The impact of cultural distance on outgroup attitudes and intergroup contact"

Institute
University of Groningen - Social Psychology

PhD Student
Katja Albada

Supervisor(s)
Prof. dr. Sabine Otten
Dr. Nina Hansen

Period
1 September 2017 - 1 September 2021

Funding
Nvt


Summary

Many people welcome and support refugees, but others respond negatively with prejudice and exclusionary behaviour. Perceived Cultural Distance (PCD) between groups regarding norms, values, and morals may explain such negative reactions. We propose to examine how host society members versus different refugee groups differ in PCD and how this affects outgroup attitudes and intergroup contact. We will investigate this in both individualistic and collectivistic cultures, assuming that for the latter intergroup relations may most strongly be guided by PCD. Through a multi-method approach in several countries, we plan to develop recommendations how to improve intergroup contact.


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