The first author thanks the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, for support of this research. This research was supported by the United States Department of Homeland Security through the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), grant number N00140510629. However, any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect views of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Explaining Support for Violating Out-Group Human Rights in Conflict: Attitudes Toward Principles of Human Rights, Trust in the Out-Group, and Intergroup Contact1
Article first published online: 18 APR 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 891–905, April 2011
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MAOZ, I. and MCCAULEY, C. (2011), Explaining Support for Violating Out-Group Human Rights in Conflict: Attitudes Toward Principles of Human Rights, Trust in the Out-Group, and Intergroup Contact. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 891–905. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00740.x
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2011
A public atmosphere that supports violating the human rights of out-group members can enable or even encourage enacting such violations. We present a model that explains such support in terms of 2 underlying components: (a) support for violating general principles of human rights (SVHRG); and (b) lack of trust toward the specific out-group. This model was successful (R2 = .47) in predicting Jewish-Israeli support for violating human rights of Palestinians (SVHRP). Structural equation modeling indicated that, consistent with our hypotheses, SVHRG and distrust of Palestinians each significantly contributed to predicting SVHRP; and contact with Palestinians and religiosity each significantly contributed to predicting trust in Palestinians, with more contact predicting higher trust and more religiosity predicting lower trust.