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Attachment and prejudice

Attachment and prejudice
Attachment and prejudice
There is a paucity of research that examines prejudice from an attachment theory perspective. Herein we make theoretical links between attachment patterns and levels of prejudice. Perceptions of outgroup threat, which activate the attachment system, are thought to lead to fear and prejudice for those high in attachment anxiety, and to distancing and prejudice for those high in attachment avoidance. We review the literature that examines the associations between attachment patterns and prejudice; evidence from attachment priming studies suggest a causal role of attachment security in reducing prejudice. We identify several mediators of these links: empathy, negative emotions, trust, social dominance orientation, romanticism, and contact quality. Future research should manipulate potential mediators and use psychophysiological assessments of threat.
attachment, prejudice, discrimination, sexism
2352-250X
110-114
Carnelley, Katherine
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Boag, Elle
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Carnelley, Katherine
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Boag, Elle
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Carnelley, Katherine and Boag, Elle (2019) Attachment and prejudice. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 110-114. (doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.04.003).

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Abstract

There is a paucity of research that examines prejudice from an attachment theory perspective. Herein we make theoretical links between attachment patterns and levels of prejudice. Perceptions of outgroup threat, which activate the attachment system, are thought to lead to fear and prejudice for those high in attachment anxiety, and to distancing and prejudice for those high in attachment avoidance. We review the literature that examines the associations between attachment patterns and prejudice; evidence from attachment priming studies suggest a causal role of attachment security in reducing prejudice. We identify several mediators of these links: empathy, negative emotions, trust, social dominance orientation, romanticism, and contact quality. Future research should manipulate potential mediators and use psychophysiological assessments of threat.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 April 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 16 April 2018
Published date: February 2019
Keywords: attachment, prejudice, discrimination, sexism

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Local EPrints ID: 419696
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419696
ISSN: 2352-250X
PURE UUID: f8e4d9de-0b89-4002-beb9-506cd05a3999

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Date deposited: 19 Apr 2018 16:30
Last modified: 12 Apr 2019 04:01

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Author: Elle Boag

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