Welcome to our neighbourhood: “collective confidence in contact” facilitates successful mixing in residential settings

Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, Turner, R. and Costa, S., 2020. Welcome to our neighbourhood: “collective confidence in contact” facilitates successful mixing in residential settings. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. ISSN 1368-4302

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Over the past decade increasing attention has been paid to the antecedents of intergroup contact and in particular self-efficacy to engage in intergroup encounters. Contact self-efficacy has been shown to reduce intergroup anxiety and increase willingness to engage in future contact, and is influenced by the positive contact experiences of other group members. However, this work has neglected the collective nature of self-efficacy and indeed has typically counterposed the effects of contact and collective efficacy upon group behaviour. We highlight the potential role that collective efficacy can play in facilitating intergroup contact and propose a new concept to capture this phenomenon: Collective Confidence in Contact. Using data from two neighbourhood surveys in contrasting areas of Nottingham city, UK we show in our first survey (n=124), that CCIC is predicted by group identity and that this in turn predicts intergroup contact and feelings. In a second survey (n=232), we show that the effect of identity and support on CCIC are further mediated by a reduction in intergroup anxiety. We propose that the concept of CCIC returns the understanding of contact to the intergroup level, thereby allowing issues of group identity and the generalisation of contact effects to be investigated more directly.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
Creators: Stevenson, C., Turner, R. and Costa, S.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 13 October 2020
ISSN: 1368-4302
Rights: © The Author(s) 2020. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Sep 2020 14:52
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:13
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40673

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