Prejudice toward National Minorities: Exploring the Role of Different Forms of National Attachment

Lea Skokandić, Dinka Čorkalo Biruški


The aim of this study was to explore relative contribution of
several dispositional (right-wing authoritarianism and social
dominance orientation) identity (national identity, nationalism
and cosmopolitism) and situational antecedents (perception
of intergroup threat) of subtle and blatant ethnic prejudice,
along with multigroup moderation effect of national identity.
The participants were 582 undergraduate students of
University of Zagreb. Research has shown that high and low
national identifiers significantly differ in all measures, except
on orientation on social domination. Path analysis of
composite results on latent variable has proven significant
role of symbolic intergroup threat and dispositional factors in
prediction of prejudice toward national minorities, whereas
national attachment and national identity strength did not
have strong impact on prediction. Implications of these
results, namely limited possibilities for predicting subtle
prejudice with this set of predictors, will be thoroughly
discussed in this paper.


subtle and blatant prejudice; national minority prejudice; national attachment; national identity; nationalism; cosmopolitism

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