Effects of a Brief Video Intervention on White University Students' Racial Attitudes

Jason R. Soble, Lisa B. Spanierman, Hsin Ya Liao

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The authors investigated the effects of a brief video intervention on the racial attitudes of White university students. One hundred thirty-eight self-identified White students were randomly assigned to either an experimental condition in which they viewed a video documenting the pervasiveness of institutional racism and White privilege in the United States or a neutral control condition. Findings offer preliminary support that participants in the experimental, but not the control, condition showed significant increases in racial awareness (i.e., decrease in racial color-blindness), White empathy, and White guilt, at posttest. However, no significant differences in racial prejudice or White fear of racial minorities were observed at posttest. Implications for multicultural counseling training, diversity programming, and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of counseling psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Color-blind racial attitudes
  • Costs of racism to Whites
  • Diversity education
  • Racial attitude change
  • Video interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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