Ambivalent Prejudice toward Refugees:

The Role of Social Contact and Ethnic Origin


Hisako Matsuo

St. Louis University


Kevin McIntyre

Trinity University


Wai Hsien Cheah

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville


Ajlina Karamehic

University of Missouri, Columbia


Abstract: This study used a sample survey of college students (n = 194) in order to test two opposing concepts, egalitarianism and the protestant work ethic (PWE), which may explain Americans’ attitude toward refugees. We found that egalitarianism was associated with positive attitudes toward immigrants and PWE with negative attitudes. Further, close contact was associated with positive attitudes toward immigrants, whereas impersonal contact with negative attitudes. Implications for intercultural education are discussed.

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