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Theory to social action: A university-based strategy targeting prejudice against Aboriginal Australians

Pedersen, A. and Barlow, K.F. (2011) Theory to social action: A university-based strategy targeting prejudice against Aboriginal Australians. Australian Psychologist, 43 (3). pp. 148-159.

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Abstract

The level of racism in Australia against Aboriginal Australians is well documented. This has an extremely detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians. One part of the solution may be anti-prejudice strategies, but to date few strategies that include a pre-test and a post-test assessment have been conducted in Australia. The present study describes the interventional qualities of a cultural psychology unit at an Australian university. Results indicated that after a 6- week period, students reported a significant reduction in prejudice, acceptance of false beliefs about Aboriginal Australians, and the perception that Aboriginal Australians unfairly receive preferential or special treatment. The article concludes that cultural psychology units have the potential to be an effective way of developing acceptance of cross-cultural differences.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright: The Australian Psychological Society
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5550
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