chapter  11
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Summary of Findings and Theoretical Discussion

Theambivalence-responseamplificationtheorypresentedinChapter3generates manypredictionsaboutpeople'sreactionstomembersofcertaingroups--e.g., blacksandthehandicapped-thatareassumedtoberegardedambivalentlyin thissociety.Thepredictionspertaintosituationsinvolvingamajoritygroupactor andastigmatizedstimulusperson.Aninitialinputofinformationfromtheactor ortheotherpersonthatispositiveornegativeinmeaning(i.e.,consistentwith eitherapositiveoranegativeattitudetowardthestigmatizedindividual)is supposedtogiverisetoextremebehavioronthepartoftheactor,either favorableorunfavorabletotheotherpersondependingonthestructureofthe situation.EvidencerelatingtothetheorywaspresentedinChapters4through10. Inordertosummarizethismaterial,Inowlistsomepredictionsfromthetheory andcitethefindingsforeach.Thenthemainassumptionsarepresentedalong withtherelevantdata.