This study is part of a larger project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to the first author. We wish to thank the anonymous reviewers and the editor for their very useful comments.
Intrusiveness of Minorities: Growing Pains for the Majority Group?1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 283–298, February 2003
How to Cite
Tougas, F., De La Sablonnière, R., Lagace, M. and Kocum, L. (2003), Intrusiveness of Minorities: Growing Pains for the Majority Group?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33: 283–298. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2003.tb01897.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
In this paper, we examined the impact of the numerical representation and the intrusiveness of immigrants on feelings of group threat voiced by the majority. The present evaluation of group threat differs from previous studies in its inclusion of temporal comparisons. The relationship between feelings of threat and attitudes toward immigration was also evaluated. In all, 221 college students completed a questionnaire. As predicted, results obtained show that numerical representation was positively associated with feelings of group threat resulting from invidious social comparisons. Intrusiveness was positively related to feelings of group threat resulting from temporal comparisons. Contrary to hypotheses, the final model confirms that only feelings of temporal group threat were associated with negative attitudes toward immigration. Practical implications and the important role of temporal comparisons are discussed.