Effects of terrorism on attitudes and ideological orientation
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 259–265, March/April 2006
How to Cite
Echebarria-Echabe, A. and Fernández-Guede, E. (2006), Effects of terrorism on attitudes and ideological orientation. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 36: 259–265. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.294
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 JUN 2005
- Manuscript Received: 21 OCT 2004
A quasi-experimental study on the effects of terrorism on racial prejudice and ideological orientation is presented. Two independent samples were contacted before and after the Islamic terrorist attacks against railways in Madrid (11 March 2004). Anti-Arab and anti-Semite prejudices, authoritarianism and ideological orientations (liberal against conservative) were evaluated. Results showed that those terrorist attacks provoked changes in a reactionary and conservative direction: stronger prejudices not only against the target group (Arabs), but against another uninvolved group (Jewish); an increase in authoritarianism; stronger attachment to traditional conservative values, and a reduction in the attachment to liberal values. The results are interpreted in terms of the System-Justification Theory, the Motivated Social Cognition model of Conservatism and the Right-Wing Authoritarianism. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.