ERIC Number: ED336681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Assessing the Determinants of Prejudicial Attitudes.
Haddock, Geoffrey; And Others
According to traditional theories, prejudice toward racial, ethnic, and other social groups is the result of affective and cognitive factors. However, there are few studies in the literature that have examined the relative importance of these factors in prejudicial attitudes. This study examined the roles played by affect, stereotypic beliefs, and symbolic beliefs in intergroup evaluations. College students (N=82) completed measures of prejudice, stereotypes, affect, symbolic beliefs, and right-wing authoritarianism. The results indicated that each determinant was a function of not only the target minority group, but also the subject's level of authoritarianism. The results obtained in this study indicated that prejudice was indeed multidimensional, and that the relative importance of each determinant was largely dependent upon the target group under examination. It is interesting to note that while affective associates and symbolic beliefs were highly associated with subjects' attitudes toward specific target groups, stereotypic beliefs were not predictive of evaluations. While insightful, the results of this study do not provide a complete story of prejudicial attitudes. Current research is being conducted to further understand the roles played by affective associates and cognitive information in prejudicial attitudes. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (62nd, New York, NY, April 11-14, 1991).