Coalition or derogation? How perceived discrimination influences intraminority intergroup relations

J Pers Soc Psychol. 2012 Apr;102(4):759-77. doi: 10.1037/a0026481. Epub 2011 Dec 5.


Five studies explored how perceived societal discrimination against one's own racial group influences racial minority group members' attitudes toward other racial minorities. Examining Black-Latino relations, Studies 1a and 1b showed that perceived discrimination toward oneself and one's own racial group may be positively associated with expressed closeness and common fate with another racial minority group, especially if individuals attribute past experiences of discrimination to their racial identity rather than to other social identities (Study 1b). In Studies 2-5, Asian American (Studies 2, 3, and 4) and Latino (Study 5) participants were primed with discrimination against their respective racial groups (or not) and completed measures of attitudes toward Black Americans. Participants primed with racial discrimination expressed greater positivity toward and perceived similarity with Blacks than did participants who were not primed. These results suggest, consistent with the common ingroup identity model (Gaertner & Dovidio, 2000), that salient discrimination against one's own racial group may trigger a common "disadvantaged racial minority" (ingroup) identity that engenders more positive attitudes toward and feelings of closeness toward other racial minorities.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans
  • Asian Americans
  • Attitude / ethnology*
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Group Processes*
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Minority Groups / psychology*
  • Prejudice*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Social Identification*
  • Social Perception*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult