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The Impact of Exposure to Media Coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games on Mixed Physical Ability Interactions

Carew, MT; Noor, M; Burns, J; (2019) The Impact of Exposure to Media Coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games on Mixed Physical Ability Interactions. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology , 29 (2) pp. 104-120. 10.1002/casp.2387. Green open access

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Abstract

The current work assessed the impact of the 2012 Paralympic Games on psychological factors operating during interactions between physically disabled and nondisabled group members. In a two‐wave longitudinal design, the pre‐ to post‐Paralympic increase in exposure to Paralympic media coverage led to more positive in‐group norms about disabled people's competence and improved intergroup contact quality among both physically disabled and nondisabled participants. Moreover, more positive norms about disabled people's competence partially mediated the relationship between media exposure and contact quality. However, exposure to Paralympic media coverage did not appear to impact embarrassment about intergroup contact within either group. Findings are discussed in terms of the efficacy and limitations of Paralympic media coverage to improve intergroup relations in the mixed physical ability context.

Type: Article
Title: The Impact of Exposure to Media Coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games on Mixed Physical Ability Interactions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2387
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2387
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: embarrassment, intergroup contact, media, Paralympics, stereotypes
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058269
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