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Intercultural sensitivity and prosocial behavior towards South Asians in Hong Kong: mediating mechanisms of warmth and stigma

Cheung, R. Y. M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0998-7991, Jiang, D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8505-7078, Yum, Y. N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2165-6813 and Bhowmik, M. K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4585-781X (2022) Intercultural sensitivity and prosocial behavior towards South Asians in Hong Kong: mediating mechanisms of warmth and stigma. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 86. pp. 56-63. ISSN 0147-1767

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2021.11.002

Abstract/Summary

Previous research shows that intercultural sensitivity is associated with a myriad of positive outcomes. However, few studies have examined the mechanisms for why and how it is related to positive experiences. To fill the gap in the literature, the present study tested the mediating roles of warmth and stigma between intercultural sensitivity and prosocial behaviors towards South Asians in Hong Kong. A total of 151 Chinese university students in Hong Kong (107 female, 70.86%), ranging in age from 18 to 26 years (M = 21.31; SD = 1.77), completed a self-report questionnaire that assessed the variables under study. Structural equation modeling was conducted to investigate the mediation model. The findings revealed that intercultural sensitivity was related to greater warmth towards South Asians. Greater warmth was, in turn, related to lower stigma, which was then associated with greater prosocial behavior towards South Asians in Hong Kong. Bootstrapping analysis further showed that warmth and stigma were mediators between intercultural sensitivity and prosocial behavior. The present study adds new evidence to the literature by demonstrating the correlates of intercultural sensitivity. Specifically, the findings demonstrate the mediating roles of warmth and stigma between intercultural sensitivity and prosocial behavior towards ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. As a practical implication, this study calls for policies to increase positive intercultural encounters in the public and across service sectors in the society. To holistically understand and enhance positive intercultural encounters, it is therefore crucial to examine both positive and negative correlates between ethnic groups.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:107922
Publisher:Elsevier

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