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Meaning buffers right-wing authoritarian responses to societal threat via the mediation of loss of perceived control
Department of Psychology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy.
Department of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Youth & Society)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5214-9921
2015 (English)In: Personality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, E-ISSN 1873-3549, Vol. 83, no Sept, p. 117-121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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OXFORD: Pergamon Press, 2015. Vol. 83, no Sept, p. 117-121
Keywords [en]
Right-wing authoritarianism, Meaning, Threat, Compensatory control, Mediation, Moderation, DPTE
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44696DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.04.009ISI: 000356642400021Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84927767113OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-44696DiVA, id: diva2:814308
Available from: 2015-05-26 Created: 2015-05-26 Last updated: 2018-09-04Bibliographically approved

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