U.S. ethnic minorities' attitudes towards Whites: The role of shared reality theory in intergroup relations

Terri D. Conley, Joshua L. Rabinowitz, Jes L. Matsick

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In the current research, we suggest that shared reality, the belief that one perceives the world the same way as another group, can predict attitudes towards that group. We tested shared reality theory in the context of American ethnic minority groups' (i.e., African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinas/os) attitudes towards White Americans. In surveys of two samples recruited from different geographical locations in the USA, we tested predictions derived from different theories of intergroup relations. Using mediational analysis, we defined models to assess the extent to which shared reality theory predicted-directly and indirectly-prejudicial attitudes towards Whites. We tested the model derived from shared reality theory against other theoretical alternatives. Taken together, the results of the research indicated that shared reality predicts attitudes towards White Americans among these three ethnic groups. Thus, shared reality is a relevant, though largely overlooked, factor in intergroup dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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