What buffers right-wing authoritarian responses to threat? An experimental study to test the moderation of meaning

Claudia Manzi, Michele Roccato, Silvia Russo

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Abstract

The literature shows that exposure to societal threat stemming from criminality can elicit an increase in right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) via the mediation of the loss of perceived control. In this study, we investigated whether the perception of meaning can act as a buffering factor for such process, performing an experiment with 316 Italian university students (67.8% women; mean age = 25.81, SD = 9.18). A moderated mediation model showed that the loss of perceived control mediated the relation between societal threat stemming from criminality and RWA, but that the second link was significant only among people low in meaning. Limitations, implications and possible developments of this research are discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)117-121
Numero di pagine5
RivistaPersonality and Individual Differences
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015

Keywords

  • RWA
  • meaning

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