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Linkage of intellectual humility and identification with all humanity among Chinese adolescents: the role of openness to diversity and intergroup contact

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The peaceful and stable development of the world has always been an essential issue of common concern for humanity. In recent years, abundant studies have found that identification with all humanity (IWAH) is crucial for improving positive intergroup outcomes. Thus, identifying the factors that may enhance the level of IWAH is vital. This study constructs a two-wave longitudinal design among adolescents (N = 422, 48.3% female) to investigate the relationship between intellectual humility and IWAH, and to explore the role of openness to diversity (OTD) and intergroup contact between them. Measurements were completed on two separate occasions at a six-month interval. The results confirm that there is a positive relationship between intellectual humility and IWAH, in which OTD plays a mediating role. Moreover, higher intergroup contact enhances the indirect connection between intellectual humility and IWAH through OTD more than low intergroup contact. These findings advance our understanding of the psychological mechanisms of IWAH and provide empirical evidence for cultivating and enhancing the level of IWAH among adolescents.

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This study was supported by the Major Project of the National Social Science Foundation of China [grant number 18ZDA333].

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Correspondence to Ning He.

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Wang, M., Li, M., Xu, Q. et al. Linkage of intellectual humility and identification with all humanity among Chinese adolescents: the role of openness to diversity and intergroup contact. Curr Psychol (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-024-06155-6

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