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  • 1.
    Roccato, Michele
    et al.
    Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.
    Russo, Silvia
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Right-wing authoritarianism, societal threat to safety, and psychological distress2017In: European Journal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0046-2772, E-ISSN 1099-0992, Vol. 47, no 5, p. 600-610Article in journal (Refereed)
    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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    Roccato, Michele
    et al.
    Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.
    Vieno, Alessio
    Department of Deve lopmental and Social Psychology, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
    Russo, Silvia
    Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.
    Criminal victimisation fosters conservatism among people living in areas with high unemployment rates: a multilevel longitudinal study2013In: European Journal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0046-2772, E-ISSN 1099-0992, Vol. 43, no 6, p. 585-592Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using a multilevel, longitudinal model, we tested the mugging thesis, which states that ‘a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged’, in a national sample of Italians (N = 457, nested in 54 counties) surveyed four times between October 2002 and January 2007. We predicted participants' increase in conservatism as a function of the cross-level interactions between criminal victimisation on the one hand and the unemployment and the crime rates for their areas of residence on the other. Conservatism increased among victimised participants living in areas characterised by high unemployment rates, but not among those living in areas with low unemployment rates. The cross-level interaction between victimisation and crime rate did not influence our dependent variable. The strengths, implications and limitations of this research are discussed.

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