Authors

Marit Tegelaar

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between intergroup anxiety and ethnocentrism on one hand and the willingness to communicate with people experiencing homelessness on the other hand.The study used a convenience sample of 52 participants, a majority within the ages of 18-22.In contrast with the literature, there was no statistical significant correlation between ethnocentrism and intercultural anxiety.It appeared that the participants generally did not have any negative expectations of potential interactions with people experiencing homelessness.Higher levels of ethnocentrism did not produce higher levels of intercultural anxiety.The results did not show the predicted significant negative correlation between ethnocentrism and intercultural willingness to communicate.The hypothesis that intercultural anxiety was negatively correlated with intercultural willingness to communicate was also not supported.The most important finding of this study was that participants who identified with traditionally marginalized groups showed higher levels of willingness to communicate with people experiencing homelessness.

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