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In psychology, the contact hypothesis is a way to create harmony among groups that are experiencing conflict. In order for this to occur the following must be present:

  • both groups taken into equal status relationship,
  • both groups work on problem that they must both be involved in to solve,
  • norms and authority support this,
  • all members must have close interpersonal contact with each other.

Once this task is complete it is hypothesised that the groups will find cohesion.

See also

Conflict resolution


  • Kassin, S., Brehm, S. S., Fein, S.(2005). Social Psychology. Houghton Mifflin: USA.
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