Social Dominance Orientation Connects Prejudicial Human-Human and Human-Animal Relations

Dhont, Kristof and Hodson, Gordon and Costello, Kimberly and MacInnis, Cara C. (2014) Social Dominance Orientation Connects Prejudicial Human-Human and Human-Animal Relations. Personality and Individual Differences, 61-62 . pp. 105-108. ISSN 0191-8869. (doi: (Full text available)

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Recent theorizing suggests that biases toward human outgroups may be related to biases toward (non-human) animals, and that individual differences in desire for group dominance and inequality may underlie associations between these biases. The present investigation directly tests these assumptions. As expected, the results of the current study (N = 191) demonstrate that endorsing speciesist attitudes is significantly and positively associated with negative attitudes toward ethnic outgroups. Importantly, individual differences in social dominance orientation accounted for the association between speciesist and ethnic outgroup attitudes; that is, these variables are associated due to their common association with social dominance orientation that underpins these biases. We conclude that social dominance orientation represents a critical individual difference variable underlying ideological belief systems and attitudes pertaining to both human-human intergroup and human-animal relations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Social dominance; speciesism; generalized prejudice; ideology; animal exploitation; prejudice; human-animal relations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 12:48 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 12:30 UTC
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