Journal of Intercultural Communication, issue 12, August 2006

Félix Neto

Changing intercultural attitudes over time


Diversity is increasing within the Europe, and in Portugal in particular, and higher education will likely play a key role in preparing people to function in this new environment. This study assessed the effectiveness of an Intercultural Relations course at changing student levels of attitudes towards diversity and feelings of self-worth. The results indicated that the course had a positive impact on the multicultural ideology and increased ethnic tolerance and self-esteem, but it had no impact on gender-role ideology and ageism.

Key-words: multicultural ideology, ethnic tolerance, prejudice, self-esteem.

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