Changing Nationality Stereotypes through Contact

An Experimental Test of the Contact Hypothesis among European Youngsters
  • Hub Linssen
  • Louk Hagendoorn
  • Ludo Mateusen


In a European 12-nation study, the contact hypothesis was tested according to an experimental within-subject repeated measurement/between-subjects research treatment design. It was hypothesized that informal, frequent, and cooperative contact between members of different nationalities would reduce their reciprocally held nation-to-nation stereotypes and that this reduction would not be generalized to equivalent nations. The results revealed that 75 per cent of all contact effects were positive and that no generalization to equivalent nations occurred in 75 per cent of the instances where contact had a positive or negative effect. The results are discussed within the framework of self-categorization theory.


Intergroup Relation Contact Effect Intergroup Contact Contact Experience Contact Situation 
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  • Hub Linssen
  • Louk Hagendoorn
  • Ludo Mateusen

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