The impact of cross-group romantic relationships on intergroup prejudice

Irem Metin Orta1
1Psychology Department, Atilim University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Metin Orta, I. (2013). The impact of cross-group romantic relationships on intergroup prejudice. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(1), 1-6.

Volume 41 Issue 1 | e2689 | Published: February 2013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.1.1

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Considerable research has been devoted to understanding intergroup contact. In this paper I aimed to highlight theoretical processes that reduce cross-group prejudice and promote intergroup cooperation. Therefore, I focused on the role of social contact in the form of romantic relationship between individuals belonging to different (e.g., racial, ethnic, religious) social groups. In emerging work convincing evidence has been provided that cross-group friendships reduce intergroup prejudice (Levin, van Laar, & Sidanius, 2003). Accordingly, cross-group romantic relationships should also reduce intergroup prejudice. Overall, in this paper I emphasized the significance of affective ties among members of different social groups, along with the unique role that social contact plays in reducing intergroup prejudice.

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