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Religion, Prejudice, and Authoritarianism: Is RWA a Boon or Bane to the Psychology of Religion?

Mavor, Kenneth; Louis, Winnifred R; Laythe, Brian

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In research on religiosity and prejudice, right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) has been studied alongside variables such as fundamentalism and orthodoxy. Four concerns regarding research on the relationship between RWA and religiosity are identified: (1) the overlap of religiosity and prejudice within the RWA scale; (2) the inflation of relationships by correlating part-whole measures; (3) covariation in the extremes of the construct hiding the possible independence of components within RWA; and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMavor, Kenneth
dc.contributor.authorLouis, Winnifred R
dc.contributor.authorLaythe, Brian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:26:32Z
dc.identifier.issn1468-5906
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/67806
dc.description.abstractIn research on religiosity and prejudice, right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) has been studied alongside variables such as fundamentalism and orthodoxy. Four concerns regarding research on the relationship between RWA and religiosity are identified: (1) the overlap of religiosity and prejudice within the RWA scale; (2) the inflation of relationships by correlating part-whole measures; (3) covariation in the extremes of the construct hiding the possible independence of components within RWA; and (4) statistical artifacts arising in multiple regression from the combination of these factors. We elaborate these four issues and then demonstrate how they can lead to different interpretations of some previously published data. The article concludes with suggestions for the management and resolution of these issues that may allow RWA to continue to be used in religiosity and prejudice research and how it might evolve to become the boon to researchers that they seek.
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell
dc.sourceJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
dc.subjectKeywords: Fundamentalism; Measurement; Prejudice; Religiosity; Right-wing authoritarianism
dc.titleReligion, Prejudice, and Authoritarianism: Is RWA a Boon or Bane to the Psychology of Religion?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume50
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor119999 - Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB1529
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMavor, Kenneth, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLouis, Winnifred R, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationLaythe, Brian, Ivy Tech Community College
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage22
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage43
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-5906.2010.01550.x
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:14:53Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79952203580
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