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Attachment and prejudice: the mediating role of empathy

Attachment and prejudice: the mediating role of empathy
Attachment and prejudice: the mediating role of empathy
In two studies we examine the novel hypothesis that empathy is a mechanism through which the relationship between attachment patterns and prejudice can be explained. Study 1 examined primed attachment security (vs. neutral prime), empathy, and prejudice toward immigrants. Study 2 examined primed attachment patterns (secure, avoidant, anxious), empathy subscales (perspective taking, empathic concern, personal distress), and prejudice toward Muslims. Across both studies, empathy mediated the relationship between primed attachment security and low prejudice levels. The findings suggest that enhancing felt-security and empathic skills in individuals high in attachment-avoidance may lead to reduced prejudice
attachment, allophilia, prejudice, empathy, primed security, security priming
0144-6665
1-20
Boag, Elle
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Carnelley, Katherine
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Boag, Elle
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Carnelley, Katherine
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Boag, Elle and Carnelley, Katherine (2015) Attachment and prejudice: the mediating role of empathy. British Journal of Social Psychology, 1-20. (doi:10.1111/bjso.12132).

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In two studies we examine the novel hypothesis that empathy is a mechanism through which the relationship between attachment patterns and prejudice can be explained. Study 1 examined primed attachment security (vs. neutral prime), empathy, and prejudice toward immigrants. Study 2 examined primed attachment patterns (secure, avoidant, anxious), empathy subscales (perspective taking, empathic concern, personal distress), and prejudice toward Muslims. Across both studies, empathy mediated the relationship between primed attachment security and low prejudice levels. The findings suggest that enhancing felt-security and empathic skills in individuals high in attachment-avoidance may lead to reduced prejudice

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 October 2015
Published date: 15 November 2015
Keywords: attachment, allophilia, prejudice, empathy, primed security, security priming

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Local EPrints ID: 383325
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/383325
ISSN: 0144-6665
PURE UUID: eb6188b2-a917-4cc7-aa27-5200118b1b9d

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Date deposited: 12 Nov 2015 11:46
Last modified: 09 Nov 2017 05:01

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Author: Elle Boag

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