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Personality and individual difference correlates of attitudes toward human rights and civil liberties

Swami, Viren and Nader, Ingo W. and Pietschnig, Jakob and Stieger, Stefan and Tran, Ulrich S. and Voracek, Martin (2012) Personality and individual difference correlates of attitudes toward human rights and civil liberties. Personality and Individual Differences, 53 (4). pp. 443-447. ISSN 0191-8869

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.04.015

Abstract

This study examined associations between attitudes toward human rights and civil liberties (HR-CL) and a range of ideological, personality, and individual difference traits. A total of 474 German-speaking participants completed measures of attitudes toward HR-CL, right-wing authoritarianism (RWA), Big Five personality traits, conspiracist ideation, and political cynicism. Preliminary analyses showed no significant sex differences on attitudes toward HR-CL. When these predictors were entered into a multiple regression, the only significant predictors were RWA, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness and Openness-Intellect. Further analyses showed that the relationship between Openness-Intellect and attitudes toward HR-CL was mediated by RWA. These results are discussed in relation to intervention programmes aimed at promoting more egalitarian HR-CL attitudes.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:11421
Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 16:40
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