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Generalized Prejudice: Common and Specific Components
Uppsala University.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University.
2011 (English)In: Psychological Science, ISSN 0956-7976, E-ISSN 1467-9280, Vol. 22, no 1, 57-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This research examined the personality-prejudice relationship and whether personality and social psychological factors predict different aspects of prejudice. We proposed a distinction between a common component of prejudice that is mainly explained by personality and a specific component mainly explained by situational and group-specific variables. Whereas the former consists of the shared variance of prejudice toward different targets, the latter taps the variance that is unique to a certain type of prejudice. Statistically separating the two components of prejudice toward four target groups, we found that personality variables (Agreeableness and Openness to Experience) explained a substantial portion of the variance of the common but a small share of the specific component. We also found group membership (gender) to be more closely associated with the specific than the common component of sexism. The results support our proposed distinction and suggest that personality and social psychological variables explain distinct aspects of prejudice.

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2011. Vol. 22, no 1, 57-59 p.
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generalized prejudice, common component, personality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55637DOI: 10.1177/0956797610390384ISI: 000294708600012OAI: diva2:405755
The Swedish Research Council supported this research by grants to Nazar Akrami (2007-2315 and 2008-2319) and Bo Ekehammar (2008-2320).Available from: 2011-03-23 Created: 2011-03-23 Last updated: 2012-01-27Bibliographically approved

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