International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2MM Understanding intergroup relationships: the role of RWA and SDO from a longitudinal perspective.

(Session Organizer) Hector Carvacho, Universit├Ąt Bielefeld; (Discussant) Roberto Gonzalez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; (Chair) Jorge M. Manzi, Universidad C

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Universit├Ąt Bielefeld
Research Area: Intergroup relations

This panel discuss the role of the ideological attitudes: Right-wing Authoritarianism (RWA) and Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), in the prediction of social attitudes, using a longitudinal approach. These ideological attitudes have been widely used to predict attitudes towards many targets such as minority groups or social institutions. However, the causal link between them has rarely been checked empirically, because of the difficulties for manipulating them in experimental settings. For that reason, the use of panel data brings an opportunity for testing it, without the need of manipulation. Castillo & Miranda use the ideological variables to predict trust in public institutions among a big sample of Chilean students. Carvacho & Haye compare the Chilean and German context, predicting attitudes towards immigrants and other relevant social groups via the common core of SDO and RWA. Their analyses were conducted in two panels of general population (4 years and 10 years long). Krause et al., test the largely explored relationship between authoritarianism and anti-semitic attitudes. Using a cross-lagged analysis in four-year panel of Germans (3 waves) they confirm that the former predicts the later and not the other way around.