More than music! A longitudinal test of German-Polish music encounters
van Dick, R
International Journal of Intercultural Relations
Elsevier for International Academy for Intercultural Research
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This research examines music encounters as a hitherto unexplored type of intergroup contact intervention. We tested the short- and mid-term effects of German-Polish music encounters that either took place in Germany or in Poland, respectively, on German's attitudes toward Poles. Ninety-nine German participants completed a questionnaire one week before the encounter (t0), directly thereafter (t1), and four weeks later (t2). The control group (N=67) did not take part in any music encounter and completed the measures twice (t0 and t2). Results revealed that attitudes toward the Polish out-group improved sustainably, but only when the encounter took place in Poland. In contrast, for encounters realized in Germany, no attitude change occurred. Implications of these findings are discussed. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Elsevier via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 40, pp. 167 - 174