Intimate intergroup contact across the lifespan

Marinucci, M., Maunder, R., Sanchez, K., Thai, M., McKeown Jones, S., Turner, R.N. and Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, 2020. Intimate intergroup contact across the lifespan. Journal of Social Issues. ISSN 0022-4537

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Intergroup contact can be as casual as members of different groups walking past one another on the street or as intimate as developing cross‐group friendships or romantic relationships. To date, however, the majority of intergroup contact research has focused on examining the effects of contact through self‐report measures of interactions and friendships. While this research has made a substantial contribution to scientific understanding, less is known about how different forms of contact (casual vs. intimate) influence each other and are associated with outcomes across the lifespan. The present article focuses on intimate contact; a close and meaningful relationship or interaction with either an ingroup or outgroup member. We critically review the nature and consequences (good and bad) of intimate contact for children, youth and adults and for both majority and minority group members, focusing primarily on intimate intergroup contact. We also consider how intimate contact might be best measured in future research. Implications for research design, policy, and practice are considered.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Social Issues
Creators: Marinucci, M., Maunder, R., Sanchez, K., Thai, M., McKeown Jones, S., Turner, R.N. and Stevenson, C.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 19 October 2020
ISSN: 0022-4537
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Journal of Social Issues published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Nov 2020 12:43
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:14

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