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Bystander antiprejudice: Cross-cultural education, links with positivity towards cultural ‘Outgroups’ and preparedness to speak out

Pedersen, A., Paradies, Y., Hartley, L.K. and Dunn, K.M. (2011) Bystander antiprejudice: Cross-cultural education, links with positivity towards cultural ‘Outgroups’ and preparedness to speak out. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 5 (1). pp. 19-30.

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Abstract

This article describes a 12-week intervention targeting positivity towards asylum seekers, Indigenous Australians and Muslim Australians. The study also assessed change in the intention to engage in bystander activism in four different scenarios: two Indigenous (old-fashioned and modern prejudice), one Muslim and one asylum seeker. There was a significant increase in positivity towards asylum seekers, Indigenous Australians and Muslim Australians. There was also a significant increase in 'speaking out intention', a form of bystander anti-prejudice, in three of the scenarios, but not in response to the Indigenous old-fashioned prejudice scenario. The study indicates that structured education on cross-cultural issues can improve attitudes to perceived 'outgroups' and, for the most part, increase participants' intention to speak out against prejudice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Australian Academic Press Pty Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5343
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