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Anxious attachment and belief in conspiracy theories

Green, Ricky, Douglas, Karen (2018) Anxious attachment and belief in conspiracy theories. Personality and Individual Differences, 125 . ISSN 0191-8869. (doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.12.023) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This research examined the link between attachment styles and belief in conspiracy theories. It was hypothesized, due to the tendency to exaggerate the intensity of threats, that higher anxiously attached individuals would be more likely to hold conspiracy beliefs, even when accounting for other variables such as right-wing authoritarianism, interpersonal trust, and demographic factors that have been found to predict conspiracy belief in previous research. In Study 1 (N = 246 Amazon Mechanical Turk workers), participants higher in anxious attachment style showed a greater tendency to believe in conspiracy theories. Further, this relationship remained significant when accounting for other known predictors of conspiracy belief. Study 2 (N = 230 Prolific Academic workers) revealed that anxious attachment again predicted the general tendency to believe conspiracy theories, but also belief in specific conspiracy theories and conspiracy theories about groups. These relationships held when controlling for demographic factors. The current studies add to the body of research investigating the individual differences predictors of conspiracy belief, demonstrating that conspiracy belief may, to some degree, have roots in early childhood experiences.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.12.023
Uncontrolled keywords: Conspiracy theories; attachment; insecure attachment; anxious attachment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 09:15 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 13:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65492 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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