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Effects of gender, political affiliation and right-wing authoritarianism on Islamophobic attitudes

Elliott, Rebecca (2013) Effects of gender, political affiliation and right-wing authoritarianism on Islamophobic attitudes. Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

This aim of this research was to investigate whether gender, political affiliation, and right-wing authoritarianism could significantly predict Islamophobic attitudes. A group of 121 mixed age and gender participants were recruited, who completed Altemeyer’s 1981 Right-Wing Authoritarianism Scale and Lee, Gibbons, Thompson & Timani’s 2009 Islamophobia Scale. A multiple regression analysis was conducted which revealed that right-wing authoritarianism was the only variable that significantly predicted levels of Islamophobia. It is recommended that further research is conducted into Islamophobia using the Islamophobia Scale to outline other personality factors which may contribute to the development of this prejudice, in order to implement appropriate intervention strategies within education and the workplace.

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