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The current study tests whether media consumption is associated with negative intergroup emotions toward Blacks, Latinos, and Asians and whether media use indirectly influences intergroup emotions via threat perceptions. We do so using a two-study survey design. Results from Study 1 indicated that media consumption is associated with anger toward Latinos and Asians but not anger toward Blacks. We also found that media use was associated with anxiety toward Blacks, Latinos, and Asians. Results from Study 2 indicated that media use indirectly influences anger and anxiety toward Blacks and Latinos through perceptions of threat. Media consumption did not indirectly influence anger and anxiety toward Asians, though perceptions of threat did directly influence intergroup emotions toward this group. The discussion highlights the important, but negative, role of media in intergroup processes.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Rancis Online Mass Communication and Society on October 20, 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2017.1381262.
Atwell Seate, Anita Atwell Seate; Ma, Rong; Chien, Hsin-Yi; and Mastro, Dana, "Cultivating intergroup emotions: An intergroup threat theory approach" (2018). Scholarship and Professional Work - Communication. 189.