Adolescents challenging discrimination: The benefits of a perspective-taking and action-planning intervention on self-efficacy

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Abstract

Discrimination is widespread and often goes unchallenged because bystanders do not recognize the need to intervene or do not know how to intervene. This field experiment with adolescents (N = 639) tested a group discussion designed to increase perceived importance and self-efficacy around challenging general discrimination. The intervention, which involved perspective-taking and action-planning, was tested with delayed measures against active control conditions, namely sessions on self-disclosure and civic engagement. It led to greater self-efficacy, particularly among White participants.

Dr Lukas Wallrich
Dr Lukas Wallrich
Lecturer

Researcher and educator with a focus on Open Science and intergroup relations.