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Applying Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Values to the Reduction of Prejudice: A Pilot Study
Behavior Modification
Short Title: Behav. Modif.
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2006
Pages: 389 - 411
Sources ID: 113751
Visibility: Public (group default)
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Two classroom approaches to reducing racial and ethnic prejudice among college students were compared: a class session based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and an educational lecture drawn from a textbook on the psychology of racial differences. Undergraduates who were enrolled in two separate classes on racial differences were exposed to each approach in a counterbalanced order. Results indicate that only the ACT intervention was effective in increasing positive behavioral intentions at post and a 1-week follow-up. These changes were associated with other self-reported changes that fit with the ACT model. Implications of a potentially new model of prejudice are briefly discussed.