Mediational role of values in linking personality traits to political orientation
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2009
© 2009 The Authors. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd with the Asian Association of Social Psychology and the Japanese Group Dynamics Association
Asian Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 82–94, June 2009
How to Cite
Caprara, G., Vecchione, M. and Schwartz, S. H. (2009), Mediational role of values in linking personality traits to political orientation. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 12: 82–94. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2009.01274.x
- Issue published online: 13 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2009
- Received 30 October 2007; accepted 18 April 2008.
- basic values;
- personality traits;
Two studies use the Five Factor Model of traits and Schwartz's (1992) theory of basic personal values to assess the mediational role of values in linking traits to voting choice and left-right ideology. Both left- and right-wing voters showed distinctive traits and values that were congruent with their ideologies. Structural equation modelling supported a hypothesized full mediation model. Individuals' traits of openness, conscientiousness and agreeableness explained significant variance in the politically relevant values of security and universalism, and these self-reported values, in turn, explained the voters' political orientations. These findings held across age (adolescents and adults) and were corroborated using both cross-sectional and longitudinal data.