Attachment and prejudice: The mediating role of empathy

Boag, Elle M. and Carnelley, Katherine B. (2015) Attachment and prejudice: The mediating role of empathy. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55 (2). pp. 337-356. ISSN 01446665

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Abstract

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

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
UoA Collections > UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: Silvio Aldrovandi
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 15:56
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 14:24
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4629

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