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Right-wing authoritarianism, societal threat to safety, and psychological distress
Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Youth & Society)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5214-9921
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0046-2772, E-ISSN 1099-0992, Vol. 47, no 5, 600-610 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In two quasi-experimental vignette studies, we have analyzed how societal threat to safety moderates the relation between right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and psychological distress. In Study 1 (Italian community sample, N=343), we focused on depressive symptoms (measured with the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and the General Health Questionnaire). Two moderated regressions showed that the relation between RWA and both measures of depressive symptoms was positive and significant only among people exposed to a socially threatening scenario. In Study 2 (Italian student sample, N=219), we focused on state anxiety and replicated Study 1's results. The findings indicated that, in conditions of societal threat to safety, RWA is a risk factor for psychological distress. Strengths, limitations, and possible developments of this research are discussed.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 47, no 5, 600-610 p.
Keyword [en]
authoritarianism, threat, well-being, depression, anxiety, distress, moderation
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-61102DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2236ISI: 000409241700006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85028946805OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-61102DiVA: diva2:1143275
Available from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-21 Last updated: 2017-09-21Bibliographically approved

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