Intergroup Contact, Media Exposure, and Racial Attitudes

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The present investigation uses intergroup contact and media systems' dependency theories to illuminate the relative significance of various sources of information in shaping Caucasian-American attitudes toward African-Americans. It uses empirical data from an exploratory survey of college students to build a chain of related variables that link primary sources of information (face-to-face versus mediated) to stereotypical beliefs, perceived internal causal attributions for African-Americans' failures, and prejudicial feelings toward African-Americans. Results suggest that face-to-face sources of racial/ethnic out-group information are more effective than mediated sources in prejudice reduction. The discussion includes theoretical and practical implications of the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-72
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Contact Hypothesis
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intergroup Contact
  • Media Effects
  • Racial Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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