THE EFFECT OF THE CONTENT OF INTERGROUP CONTACT AND INGROUP IDENTIFICATION ON SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AMONG ADVANTAGED GROUP MEMBERS

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2021-9-21
Çoksan, Sami
This study aimed to examine the role of the content of intergroup contact and ingroup identification on support for social change among advantaged group members. Preregistered two experimental and one correlational study were conducted with a representative Turkish sample to examine this association. In Study 1 (N=148, Mage=40.92, SD=17.66), the content of contact was manipulated as similarity-focused or difference-focused contact, and the effect of it on perceived ingroup fairness, perceived intergroup inequality, and the supporting behavior of some social policies were examined. Findings revealed that advantaged members who had difference-focused contact perceived more intergroup inequality and supported the high-cost social policy more than those who had similarity-focused contact. In Study 2 (N=173, Mage=42.48, SD=16.79), also ingroup identification was manipulated as low or high, and the effect of the content of contact and ingroup identification on the same dependent variables were examined. The findings showed that advantaged members with high ingroup identification who had difference-focused contact opposed the social change most, while those with low ingroup identification who had difference-focused contact supported social change most. In Study 3 (N=232, Mage=40.74, SD=15.82), the moderating role of ingroup identification on the association between difference-focused contact and similar dependents was examined. The findings indicated the moderating effect of ingroup identification on the ingroup fairness and supporting no-cost social policy. Intergroup contact with different contents may be more effective for members with high and low ingroup identification in intervention programs to be developed to harmony for groups with different social advantage statuses.

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S. Çoksan, “THE EFFECT OF THE CONTENT OF INTERGROUP CONTACT AND INGROUP IDENTIFICATION ON SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AMONG ADVANTAGED GROUP MEMBERS,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.