Contact Hypothesis: Definition, Limitations & Criteria for Successful Contact


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The contact hypothesis says that _____.

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1. The desegregation of U.S. schools in the 1950s showed that contact alone does not reduce prejudice. In addition to contact, which of the following conditions is needed to reduce prejudice in a group?

2. How did Sherif resolve the intergroup conflict in his Robbers Cave experiment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you determine your knowledge of contact hypothesis and its overall effectiveness. Some topics you will need to be familiar with to pass the quiz include desegregation and prejudice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can help access your knowledge of:

  • Activities to reduce predjudice
  • Details about the desegregation of schools in the 1950's
  • Psychologist Muzafer Sherif and the Robbers Cave experiment
  • Principles of Contact Hypothesis
  • Allport's Theory

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet help develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Allport's theory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the contact hypothesis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Robbers Cave experiment

Additional Learning

To learn more about prejudice, review the corresponding lesson called Contact Hypothesis: Definition, Limitations & Criteria for Successful Contact. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define prejudice
  • Understand principles of the contact hypothesis
  • Name the six conditions to reduce hostilities
  • Describe the desegregation of U.S. schools in the 1950's