Intergroup Ratio and the Contact Hypothesis

A. Nesdale, Trish Todd

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This study assessed whether contact between members of 2 social groups generalized to contact in another setting, as well as influenced their intercultural knowledge and acceptance. Subjects were 244 international (mainly ethnic Chinese) and Anglo-Australian students living in 3 student residence halls, with each group comprising a numerical majority, equal proportion, and a numerical minority in one of the residential halls. As anticipated, group ratio exerted a systematic effect on the amount of intercultural contact, with most contact by members of a numerical minority, regardless of student group. importantly, the pattern of residence-hall contact tended to generalize to the wider university environment and to influence intercultural knowledge and acceptance. However, contact was not unqualified in its effects, particularly in relation to members of the cultural majority.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1196-1217
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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