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Anti-roma bias (stereotypes, prejudice, behavioral tendencies): A network approach toward attitude strength

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posted on 2020-11-04, 11:24 authored by Hadi Sam Nariman, Márton Hadarics, Anna Kende, Barbara Lášticová, Xenia Daniela Posion, Miroslav Popper, Mihaela Boza, Andreea Ernst-Vintila, Constantina Badea, Yara Mahfud, Ashley O'Connor, Anca MinescuAnca Minescu
The Roma have been and still are a target of prejudice, marginalization, and social exclusion across Europe, especially in East-Central European countries. This paper focuses on a set of stereotypical, emotional, and behavioral evaluative responses toward Roma people selected as representing the underlying components of anti-Roma bias. Employing network analysis, we investigated if attitude strength is associated with stronger connectivity in the networks of its constituent elements. The findings from representative surveys carried out in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, France, and Ireland supported our assumption, as high attitude strength toward the Roma resulted in stronger connectivity in all pairs of high- versus low-attitude-strength networks. Our finding yields a solid theoretical framework for targeting the central variables—those with the strongest associations with other variables—as a potentially effective attitude change intervention strategy. Moreover, perceived threat to national identity, sympathy, and empathy were found to be the most central variables in the networks.

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Frontiers in Psychology;11, 2071

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Frontiers Media

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peer-reviewed

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European Union (EU)

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English

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