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Aamodt Bentsen, Beint Magnus
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Aamodt Bentsen, B. M. (2022). Intergroup Contact and Negative Attitudes Towards Immigrants Among Youth in Sweden: Individual and Contextual Factors. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 23, 243-266
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intergroup Contact and Negative Attitudes Towards Immigrants Among Youth in Sweden: Individual and Contextual Factors
2022 (English)In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, ISSN 1488-3473, E-ISSN 1874-6365, Vol. 23, p. 243-266Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Negative attitudes towards out-groups have been of academic interest for many years — and even more so with the increased levels of migration to European countries in recent years. Building on insights from intergroup contact theory, this paper seeks to extend our knowledge of the association between contact and negative attitudes toward immigrants among youth in Sweden. Multiple regression analysis and fixed effects models are used to analyze a large, high-quality dataset on Swedish adolescents based on representative survey information, complemented with extensive registry data and official statistics. Our objective is to measure contact on different levels in order to better understand the importance of these different contact variables’ associations with negative attitudes. The results of the analysis indicate that high-quality contact in the form of friendship is associated with a reduction in negative attitudes among Swedish adolescents, even after controlling for background variables. Superficial forms of contact — measured on the school level — are, on the other hand, associated with an increase in negative attitudes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2022
Keywords
Contact theory, attitudes, youth, Sweden, Fixed effects
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Research subject
Child and youth studies; Global politics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-42268 (URN)10.1007/s12134-021-00837-x (DOI)000650531300002 ()2-s2.0-85105953581 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-05-25 Created: 2021-05-25 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Aamodt Bentsen, B. M. (2017). Attitudes Towards Immigrants among Youth in Sweden (ed.). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Attitudes Towards Immigrants among Youth in Sweden
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Attitudes towards out-groups have been of academic interest for a long time, and two often-used theoretical frameworks are intergroup contact theory, and group threat theory. This article combines insights from both to investigating attitudes among youth in Sweden using multiple regression analysis. I seek particularly to understand the role that contact has on reducing attitudes, and what role different contact situations, and forms may play. Specifically contact in schools and the local area is investigated after controlling for the effect of personal friendships. The analysis finds that high quality contact does have an effect on attitudes among Swedish youth even after controlling for background variables. Superficial contact has no additional effect in the investigated context. Group threat effects are also found to be important for the groups that are most directly in competition with immigrants in the labor market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), 2017. p. 43
Series
MIM Working Paper Series ; 17:4
Keywords
Contact theory, attitudes, xenophobia, youth, Sweden, cross-sectional data
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-12926 (URN)25816 (Local ID)25816 (Archive number)25816 (OAI)
Note

Bio Notes BEINT MAGNUS AAMODT BENTSEN is a Phd student, Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MiM)

Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
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