Conditional secondary transfer effect : The moderating role of moral credentials and prejudice

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Jasinskaja-Lahti , I , Vezzali , L , Ranta , M , Pacilli , M G , Giacomantonio , M & Pagliaro , S 2021 , ' Conditional secondary transfer effect : The moderating role of moral credentials and prejudice ' , Group processes & intergroup Relations , vol. 24 , no. 7 , 1368430220940401 , pp. 1219-1237 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430220940401

Title: Conditional secondary transfer effect : The moderating role of moral credentials and prejudice
Author: Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga; Vezzali, Loris; Ranta, Mona; Pacilli, Maria Giuseppina; Giacomantonio, Mauro; Pagliaro, Stefano
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Social Psychology
University of Helsinki, Research Units of the Faculty of Social Sciences



Date: 2021-10-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Group processes & intergroup Relations
ISSN: 1368-4302
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430220940401
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335533
Abstract: This survey experiment examined the role of prejudice and moral licensing as two moderators of the secondary transfer effect (STE) of positive and negative intergroup contact. We collected a quota-randomized sample of 299 majority Finns (52.6% female; experimental condition: n = 118, control condition: n = 181) in order to test whether moral credentials prevent attitude generalization (from primary towards secondary outgroup), particularly among prejudiced individuals. The results showed that STEs of both positive and negative contact were prevented among more prejudiced majority group members who had the possibility to obtain moral credentials in the moral licensing task. These results point at the unstable nature of attitude generalization in STE among prejudiced individuals and at the potential of a normative moral act to intervene into the generalization of intergroup attitudes following intergroup contact. We discuss these findings in relation to the literature on moral licensing and moral reinforcement, framing them in the context of an integration of contact research and research on morality in general.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
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