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Age-Related Differences in Ethnic Prejudice: Evidence of the Mediating Effect of Right-Wing Attitudes

Authors

  • Vicky Franssen,

    1. University College Mechelen, Lessius, Belgium
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    • The first two authors contributed equally to the manuscript.
  • Kristof Dhont,

    1. Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium
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    • The first two authors contributed equally to the manuscript.
    • A post-doctoral researcher supported by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO, Belgium).
  • Alain Van Hiel

    Corresponding author
    • Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium
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Correspondence to: Alain Van Hiel, Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology, H. Dunantlaan 2, B-9000 Gent, Belgium.

E-mail: Alain.VanHiel@UGent.be

ABSTRACT

The present study revealed age-related differences in ethnic prejudice in a heterogeneous (total N = 1,308) and a representative (N = 800) sample, using measures of blatant and subtle prejudice. The relationship between age and blatant and subtle prejudice was found to be fully mediated by right-wing social-cultural attitudes (i.e. authoritarianism and cultural conservatism). Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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