Protestant work ethic's relation to intergroup and policy attitudes: A meta-analytic review
Article first published online: 29 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 7, pages 874–885, December 2011
How to Cite
Rosenthal, L., Levy, S. R. and Moyer, A. (2011), Protestant work ethic's relation to intergroup and policy attitudes: A meta-analytic review. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 41: 874–885. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.832
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 29 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 12 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: 27 MAY 2010
The Protestant work ethic (PWE), the belief that hard work leads to success, is prevalent in many cultures and has been related to negative attitudes toward disadvantaged groups (prejudice) and social policies targeting them. Given recent theorizing and findings suggesting that PWE is not necessarily associated with prejudice among all people or in all contexts, this meta-analysis examined the direction and strength of PWE's relation to prejudice (37 eligible studies) and policy attitudes (16 studies) among published and unpublished studies across 38 years. Results revealed not only significant positive relationships between PWE and both types of intergroup attitudes but also significant moderators of these relationships. There were significantly larger effect sizes for PWE's relationship with both prejudice and policy attitudes among samples in Western countries (Canada, England, New Zealand, USA), and marginally significantly larger effect sizes for PWE's relationship with both types of attitudes the older the mean age of the sample (within Western countries). PWE's relationship with intergroup attitudes also varied by the target group of the attitudes. Findings support a more nuanced view of PWE's relationship with intergroup attitudes, suggesting that PWE does not always promote greater prejudice; rather its consequences are culture and context bound. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.