Perceptions of Communication in a Family Relationship and the Reduction of Intergroup Prejudice

Jordan Soliz, Jake Harwood

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From a contact theory perspective, links between variation in young adults' perceptions of communication with their grandparents and attitudes towards older adults are examined. The analysis pays particular attention to variation in communication with multiple grandparents, and finds links between that and perceived variability in the older adult population as a whole. More variation in perceptions of communication with grandparents is associated with perceptions of older adults as more heterogeneous. However, variation in grandparent relationships is associated with more negative attitudes towards older adults on measures of attitudinal central tendency. The results are discussed in terms of intergroup communication processes, contact theory and possible interventions to reduce prejudice in this and other contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-345
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Attitudes towards older adults
  • Contact theory
  • Grandparent-grandchild relations
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Intergroup prejudice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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