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Effect of Interracial Contact on Whites’ Perceptions of Victimization Risk and Black Criminality

Title: The Effect of Interracial Contact on Whites’ Perceptions of Victimization Risk and Black Criminality.
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Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Pickett, Justin, author
Golden, Kristin, author
Chiricos, Ted, author
Gertz, Marc, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2013-05-06
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objectives. This article examines two questions. First, does interracial contact increase or decrease Whites' perceptions of Blacks' criminality? Second, does it affect Whites' perceived victimization risk, and, if so, is the effect mediated by the perceived criminality of Blacks as compared to the perceived criminality of different racial and ethnic groups? Methods. Multivariate regression analyses of data from a national public opinion poll that included measures of perceived victimization risk and the criminality of Whites and Latinos. Results. Interracial contact increases Whites' perceptions of the criminality of all racial and ethnic groups, not just Blacks. It also increases Whites' perceived risk of victimization, an effect that partially arises by increasing their perception of Whites and Latinos, and not just Blacks, as criminal. Conclusions. Although the identified effects may be due to Whites' stereotypes about Blacks, they are equally consistent with the notion that interracial contact may educate Whites about crime. Unfortunately, the present study could not investigate this possibility. Future research ideally will address this limitation, use additional measures of contact, and assess other explanations for any identified effects.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460486253 (IID), 10.1177/0022427811431156 (DOI)
Publication Note: Published version available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022427811431156
Preferred Citation: Mears, Daniel P., Justin T. Pickett, Kristin Golden, Ted Chiricos, and Marc Gertz. 2013. “The Effect of Interracial Contact on Whites’ Perceptions of Victimization Risk and Black Criminality.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 50(2):272-299.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460486253
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 50

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Mears, D. P., Pickett, J., Golden, K., Chiricos, T., & Gertz, M. (2013). The Effect of Interracial Contact on Whites’ Perceptions of Victimization Risk and Black Criminality. Journal Of Research In Crime And Delinquency. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460486253