Perceived control qualifies the effects of threat on prejudice

Greenaway, Katharine H., Louis, Winnifred R., Hornsey, Matthew J. and Jones, Janelle M. (2013) Perceived control qualifies the effects of threat on prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53 3: 422-442. doi:10.1111/bjso.12049

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Author Greenaway, Katharine H.
Louis, Winnifred R.
Hornsey, Matthew J.
Jones, Janelle M.
Title Perceived control qualifies the effects of threat on prejudice
Journal name British Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-6665
Publication date 2013-09-06
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/bjso.12049
Open Access Status
Volume 53
Issue 3
Start page 422
End page 442
Total pages 21
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
People sometimes show a tendency to lash out in a prejudiced manner when they feel threatened. This research shows that the relationship between threat and prejudice is moderated by people's levels of perceived control: Threat leads to prejudice only when people feel concurrently low in control. In two studies, terrorist threat was associated with heightened prejudice among people who were low in perceived control over the threat (Study 1; N = 87) or over their lives in general (Study 2; N = 2,394), but was not associated with prejudice among people who were high in perceived control. Study 3 (N = 139) replicated this finding experimentally in the context of the Global Financial Crisis. The research identifies control as an important ingredient in threatening contexts that, if bolstered, can reduce general tendencies to lash out under threat.
Keyword Threat
Perceived control
Intergroup attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 6 SEP 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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