Responsiveness in interracial interactions

J. Nicole Shelton, Kate M. Turetsky, Yeji Park

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Perceived responsiveness—feeling understood, validated, and cared for—is critical for wellbeing and successful relationships, yet these feelings are experienced less frequently in interracial interactions than in same race-interactions. In this article, we synthesize recent research on responsiveness in interracial interactions and relationships. We first highlight how responsiveness differs in interracial versus same-race contexts. We next discuss the role of cross-race partners’ goals and motivations in responsiveness, with particular attention to the ways in which self-presentation goals undermine responsiveness as well as emerging research on goals and motivations that may facilitate responsiveness in interracial interactions. Finally, we discuss how a contextual factor, the salience of race, influences responsiveness in interracial interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101653
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Oct 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • Interracial interactions
  • Misunderstandings
  • Responsiveness


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