PSY 610: Attitude Adjustment

 An attitude is an evaluative reaction (i.e., feelings), often  based on belief and demonstrated through behavior. In this discussion,  we will consider intergroup attitudes by examining stereotypes,  prejudice, and discrimination.  To inform your thinking on this topic, begin by reading “Toward a  Relevant Psychology of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination:  Linking Science and Practice to Develop Interventions that Work in  Community Settings” (Acevedo-Polakovich, Beck, Hawks, & Ogdie,  2016), “Intergroup Contact Theory” (Pettigrew, 1998), and “Summary and  Conclusions” (Sherif, Harvey, Hood, Sherif, & White, 1988).  Then, select a group.  Possible dimensions from which you may select  your group include, but are not limited to:  race, gender, social class,  nationality, sexual identity, (dis)ability, rural versus urban status,  religious belief, incarceration/criminal history, occupational status,  victim, military status, and so on.  Provide a brief summary of the  group and concrete examples to illustrate.  Summarize social  psychological theory and research relevant to the experiences of members  of this target group (e.g., What are the origins of prejudice toward  this group? What are the influences on members of this group? etc.), and  explain practical, original, and specific strategies for enhancing  intergroup relations.  Your initial post should be 500-1000 words in length and must contain a  minimum of three scholarly, peer-reviewed references, in addition to  required course resources as applicable.  Additional credible references  are encouraged. 

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