Section 8
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Personality correlates of prejudice against aids victims

Cunningham, J.; Dollinger, S.J.; Satz, M.; Rotter, N.

Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 29(2): 165-167


ISSN/ISBN: 0090-5054
DOI: 10.3758/bf03335225
Accession: 007643959

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For a variety of reasons, the classic personality psychology construct of the authoritarian personality ought likely to be linked with prejudicial attitudes toward persons with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). In this study of 177 college students, we tested that relation, while at the same time we included a number of likely correlates of authoritarianism: tough-mindedness (e.g., low no nurturance, high n aggression), low intelligence, absolutist ethical thinking, self-righteousness, sexual conservation, and religiosity. Nearly all of the predictors accounted for small portions of variance in prejundice. The five best predictors of prejudice-authoritarianism, low nurturance, ethical absolution, low intelligence, and male gender-yielded a multiple R of .57.

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