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Title:Dealing with cultural diversity: An empirical test of a causal model of intergroup relations
Author(s):Goto, Sharon Grace
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Triandis, Harry C.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:Issues of intergroup relations were addressed through an empirical integration of some variables related to the contact hypothesis (Amir, 1969; Miller & Brewer, 1984). A subset of the variables and their inter-relations described by Triandis (1992) was tested using a structural equation modelling approach. Specifically, the study looked at perceived cultural level variables (e.g., history of conflict, cultural distance, knowledge of culture) and interpersonal variables (e.g., perceived similarity, opportunity to interact) to predict (dis)satisfying intercultural contact, intergroup attitude, and intention for future interaction. The model was tested from two perspectives (European-American and African-American) differing in majority and minority status. Results support the basic premises of the hypothesized model in both groups. However, several interesting differences were revealed with respect to the meaning of the constructs across groups, and the necessary addition of paths needed to improve the model's fit. Several alternative models were also tested that looked at the effects of social distance of the target person, and alternative order effects of affect, behavior and cognition. The results were discussed in terms of differences in culture and power, and implications for future research and application were drawn.
Issue Date:1996
Rights Information:Copyright 1996 Goto, Sharon Grace
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9702525
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9702525

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