The Psychological Bases of Ideology and Prejudice: Testing a Dual Process Model

Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Impact Factor: 5.08). 08/2002; 83(1):75-93. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.83.1.75
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The issue of personality and prejudice has been largely investigated in terms of authoritarianism and social dominance orientation. However, these seem more appropriately conceptualized as ideological attitudes than as personality dimensions. The authors describe a causal model linking dual dimensions of personality, social world view, ideological attitudes, and intergroup attitudes. Structural equation modeling with data from American and White Afrikaner students supported the model, suggesting that social conformity and belief in a dangerous world influence authoritarian attitudes, whereas toughmindedness and belief in a competitive jungle world influence social dominance attitudes, and these two ideological attitude dimensions influence intergroup attitudes. The model implies that dual motivational and cognitive processes, which may be activated by different kinds of situational and intergroup dynamics, may underlie 2 distinct dimensions of prejudice.

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    • "RWA is mostly predicted by a belief that the world is a dangerous place to live in, which in turn is predicted by the personality dimension of social conformity (Duckitt et al., 2002). SDO is mainly predicted by the belief that the world is a competitive jungle, which in turn is predicted by the personality dimension of tough mindedness (Duckitt et al., 2002). "
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