ERIC Number: ED217496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Communication and Interracial Conflict: The Role of Disagreement, Prejudice, and Physical Attraction on the Choice of Mixed Race, Mixed Sex Work-Partners.
Mohajer, Farideh; Steinfatt, Thomas M.
In a study of how race versus shared belief affected work partner choice, 91 white college students, most of them from the southern United States, participated in group discussions of topics that were relevant or irrelevant to racial prejudice. Members of each group, in addition to the one subject, were one Hispanic male, one Hispanic female, one white male, and one white female, all of whom were "confederates" in the experiments and varied their agreement and disagreement with the subject's views on the chosen topics. Analysis of both postdiscussion measures of work partner preferences and interpersonal attraction and pretest measures of racial attitudes revealed the following: (1) Belief rather than race was the major determinant of choice of work partner. (2) For female subjects, belief was significant in determining work partner; for males this factor fell just short of significance. (3) Nonprejudiced subjects were just as likely as prejudiced subjects to discriminate against Hispanics as work partners. (4) The prejudiced subjects tended to select either Hispanics who agreed or whites who disagreed. (5) Members of each "undesirable" group (disagreers, Hispanics, and disagreeing Hispanics) apparently became more acceptable as work partners when they were physically attractive. In conclusion, race, the communication of agreement, and physical attraction all mediated the choice of work partners, though in complex but predictable ways. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Denver, CO, February 19-23, 1982).