Title

Managing Intergroup Attitudes among Hong Kong Adolescents: Effects of Social Category Inclusiveness and Time Pressure

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-2006

Abstract

Previous research has shown a widespread bias among Hong Kong adolescents against Chinese Mainlanders. Based on social identity and social cognitive theories, we examined the effects of identity frame switching (situational induction of social category inclusiveness) and time pressure (environmental constraints on social information processing) on Hong Kong adolescents’ attitudes toward Chinese Mainlanders. Results indicated that Hong Kong adolescents had acquired a habitual tendency to make social comparisons within an exclusive regional framework of reference. This habitual tendency might lead to negative judgment biases toward Chinese Mainlanders, particularly when the adolescents made social judgments under time pressure. In addition, switching to an inclusive national frame of reference for social comparison attenuated negative intergroup attitudes. The theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

Keywords

Hong Kong, adolescents, China, social inclusiveness, identity frame switching, judgement biases, social judgement, intergroup attitudes

Discipline

Asian Studies | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Volume

9

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

11

ISSN

1367-2223

Identifier

10.1111/j.1467-839X.2006.00181.x

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-839X.2006.00181.x

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