Applying Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Values to the Reduction of Prejudice: A Pilot Study
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2007
Pages: 389 - 411
Source ID: shanti-sources-68976
Collection: Mindfulness, Diversity, and Social Justice
Abstract: Two classroom approaches to reducing racial and ethnic prejudice among college students were compared: a class session based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and an educational lecture drawn from a textbook on the psychology of racial differences. Undergraduates who were enrolled in two separate classes on racial differences were exposed to each approach in a counterbalanced order. Results indicate that only the ACT intervention was effective in increasing positive behavioral intentions at post and a 1-week follow-up. These changes were associated with other self-reported changes that fit with the ACT model. Implications of a potentially new model of prejudice are briefly discussed.