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Effects of Frequency of Contact and Group Salience on Attitudes Towards Immigrants

Conneely, Adam (2019) Effects of Frequency of Contact and Group Salience on Attitudes Towards Immigrants. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Anti-immigrant political parties and rhetoric have gained prominence in recent years across many countries (Georgiadoua, Rori, and Roumanias, 2018). Within an Irish context, Irish people have been found to have highly negative attitudes towards immigrants and quite low amounts of contact with immigrants (McGinnity, Grotti, Russell, and Fahey, 2018). A cross-sectional survey was conducted to analyse the relation between frequency of contact with immigrants and prejudicial attitudes towards immigrants. The relationship of group salience with prejudicial attitudes and frequency of contact was also analysed. It was hypothesized that more frequent contact with immigrants would have a positive correlation with less prejudicial attitudes towards immigrants. It was also hypothesized that group salience would positively correlate with lower levels of prejudicial attitudes and less frequent contact. Neither hypothesis was supported. Group salience showed no significant relationship with prejudice and frequency of contact. Prejudicial attitudes only showed significant differences at the lowest level of contact, with higher levels of prejudice. Implications on future research in Ireland are discussed, along with need for the amalgamation of various factors, such as frequency of contact, group salience, and the nature of contact, into wider multivariate designs in future research.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration > International Migration > Immigration
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 15:10
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:10

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