Decomposing prejudice: Identifying the basis of personality-prejudice relations
2010 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract: In two studies, aimed to examine the concept of generalized prejudice and the relationship between personality and prejudice, we found that attitudes toward various national and ethnic groups including a fictitious, an unknown, and a well-known group were significantly correlated (Study 1, N = 113). In Study 2 (N = 861), we found significant intercorrelations between four types of prejudice. More important, we made a theoretical and a statistical distinction between an abstract and a group-specific component of prejudice and found that personality variables explained a substantial proportion of the variance of the abstract part but a very small share of the group-specific component. The findings support the existence of a generalized prejudice tendency and a substantial relationship between personality and prejudice, and show that personality is related to prejudice at an abstract rather than specific level. The outcome is discussed in the light of the personality and social psychological explanations of prejudice.
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Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141042OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141042DiVA: diva2:384861
The 7th Nordic Conference on Group and Social Psychology, Gothenburg, May 2010