More than music! A longitudinal test of the contact hypothesis in German-Polish music encounters
This research examines music encounters as a hitherto unexplored type of intergroup contact intervention. We tested the short- and mid-term effects of German–Polish music encounters that eithertook place in Germany or in Poland, respectively, on German’s attitudes towards Poles. Ninety-nine German participants completed a questionnaire one week before the encounter (t0), directly thereafter (t1), and four weeks later (t2). The control group (N=67) did not take part in any music encounter and completed the measures twice (t0 and t2). Results revealed that attitudes toward the Polish out-group improved sustainably, butonly when the encounter took place in Poland.In contrast, for encounters realized in Germany, no attitude change occurred. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Kuchenbrandt, D., Van Dick, R., Koschate, M., & Bornewasser, M. (in press). More than music! A longitudinal test of the contact hypothesis in German-Polish music encounters. International Journal of Intercultural Relations