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Influence of student exchange on national stereotypes, attitudes and perceived group variability


Stangor, Charles; Jonas, Klaus; Stroebe, Wolfgang; Hewstone, Miles (1996). Influence of student exchange on national stereotypes, attitudes and perceived group variability. European Journal of Social Psychology, 26(4):663-675.

Abstract

Studied changes in stereotypes, attitudes, and perceived variability of national groups among 74 US college students assessed before and after 1 yr spent studying in either West Germany or England and after returning home. Ss' stereotypes and attitudes toward host country members changed significantly during their stay, whereas attitudes and stereotypes toward control nationalities did not. Neither attitudes nor stereotypes changed further during the first 9 mo after returning home. Perceptions of group variability changed significantly both during the stay and after departure from the host country. Although group perceptions generally became less positive over the course of the sojourn, these changes did not seem to be due to negative intergroup contact. Rather, the more contact Ss reported having with host country members the more positive were their attitudes and stereotypes of the groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Abstract

Studied changes in stereotypes, attitudes, and perceived variability of national groups among 74 US college students assessed before and after 1 yr spent studying in either West Germany or England and after returning home. Ss' stereotypes and attitudes toward host country members changed significantly during their stay, whereas attitudes and stereotypes toward control nationalities did not. Neither attitudes nor stereotypes changed further during the first 9 mo after returning home. Perceptions of group variability changed significantly both during the stay and after departure from the host country. Although group perceptions generally became less positive over the course of the sojourn, these changes did not seem to be due to negative intergroup contact. Rather, the more contact Ss reported having with host country members the more positive were their attitudes and stereotypes of the groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:perceptions of host country & citizens & stereotypes & attitudes toward & perceived variability of host country citizens, US college exchange students before vs after studying in West Germany & UK Attitude Change Racial and Ethnic Attitudes Racial and Ethnic Relations Stereotyped Attitudes Study Abroad
Language:English
Date:1996
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 12:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:00
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0046-2772
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-0992(199607)26:4<663::AID-EJSP778>3.0.CO;2-6

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