Ethnic minorities' racial attitudes and contact experiences with White people

J. Nicole Shelton, Jennifer A. Richeson

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In this article, the authors examine the relationship between ethnic minorities' racial attitudes and their intergroup contact experiences with White people. In Studies 1 and 2, the authors demonstrate that the more negative the racial attitudes held by ethnic minorities, the less positive their interactions are with White friends and roommates. With a daily report methodology, Study 2 revealed that ethnic minorities' racial attitudes predicted the decline in the quality of their intergroup contact experiences over a 3-week period. In Study 3, the authors examined a possible mechanism underlying the relationship between racial attitudes and intergroup contact, as well as the influence of ethnic minorities' racial attitudes on White participants' experiences in intergroup contact settings. The authors discuss the findings in terms of the importance of examining ethnic minorities' attitudes in research on intergroup relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages16
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Intergroup interactions
  • Racial attitudes


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