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When political talk translates into political action: The role of personality traits
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Youth & Society (YeS))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5214-9921
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Youth & Society (YeS))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8311-0982
2016 (English)In: Personality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, E-ISSN 1873-3549, Vol. 100, p. 126-130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Discussing politics in everyday life is quite common but it is not clear how talking politics should prompt the desire to become politically active. We compared two ideas: Information gain, i.e., political talk translates into action when people receive information about activities and organizations; and social influence, i.e., political talk translates into action when people perceive their friends as politically active. Our main goal was to address the role played by two personality traits – Openness to Experience and Agreeableness – within these processes.  Adopting a longitudinal design (N = 895, sample of youths surveyed twice), we found that political talk promotes political participation over time when people perceive their discussion partners as politically active and that this effect is especially pronounced for agreeable people. Findings from this study provided support to the idea that political talk translates into political action under the condition of social influence and for people who are particularly susceptible to social conformity.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 100, p. 126-130
Keywords [en]
Political talk; Personality traits; Political participation; Social influence; Longitudinal design
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Political Science Psychology
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Political Science; Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46968DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.009ISI: 000382412600020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46968DiVA, id: diva2:876655
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Political socialisation and Hunan agency
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2015-12-04 Created: 2015-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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