This study was completed when the first author was an honors student at the University of Queensland under the supervision of the second author.
Nationality Versus Humanity? Personality, Identity, and Norms in Relation to Attitudes Toward Asylum Seekers1
Article first published online: 21 FEB 2008
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 796–817, March 2008
How to Cite
Nickerson, A. M. and Louis, W. R. (2008), Nationality Versus Humanity? Personality, Identity, and Norms in Relation to Attitudes Toward Asylum Seekers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38: 796–817. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00327.x
- Issue published online: 21 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2008
Right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, Australian and human identity salience, and perceived Australian and human norms were related to the attitudes, feelings and behaviors toward asylum seekers of 242 Australian students and activists. Those high in right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation were less welcoming, as were participants who identified strongly as Australians and perceived hostile national norms. Independently, participants who identified strongly as humans were significantly more welcoming to asylum seekers, and an interaction was found such that those who identified strongly as Australians were more welcoming when they also identified strongly as humans. Implications for theories of identity and prejudice are examined, and interventions to reduce conflict by utilizing the human level of identification are discussed.