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The relationship between emotional abilities and right-wing and prejudiced attitudes

Alain Van Hiel (UGent) , Jonas De keersmaecker (UGent) , Emma Onraet (UGent) , Tessa Haesevoets (UGent) , Arne Roets (UGent) and Johnny Fontaine (UGent)
(2019) EMOTION. 19(5). p.917-922
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Previous research revealed that cognitive abilities are negatively related to right-wing and prejudiced attitudes. No study has, however, investigated if emotional abilities also show such a relationship, although this can be expected based on both classic and recent literature. The aim of the present study was 2-fold: (a) to investigate the relationship between emotional abilities and right-wing and prejudiced attitudes, and (b) to pit the effects of emotional and cognitive abilities on these attitudes against each other. Results from 2 adult samples (n = 409 and 574) in which abilities scores were collected in individual testing sessions, revealed that emotional abilities are significantly and negatively related to social-cultural and economic-hierarchical right-wing attitudes, as well as to blatant ethnic prejudice. These relationships were as strong as those found for cognitive abilities. For economic-hierarchical right-wing attitudes, emotional abilities were even the only significant correlate. It is therefore concluded that the study of emotional abilities has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of right-wing and prejudiced attitudes.
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General Psychology, blatant prejudice, cognitive abilities, emotional abilities, right-wing attitudes, subtle prejudice, SOCIAL-DOMINANCE ORIENTATION, COGNITIVE-ABILITY, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, INTELLIGENCE, EMPATHY, AUTHORITARIANISM, IDEOLOGY, SUBTLE, MODEL

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Van Hiel, Alain, et al. “The Relationship between Emotional Abilities and Right-Wing and Prejudiced Attitudes.” EMOTION, vol. 19, no. 5, 2019, pp. 917–22.
APA
Van Hiel, A., De keersmaecker, J., Onraet, E., Haesevoets, T., Roets, A., & Fontaine, J. (2019). The relationship between emotional abilities and right-wing and prejudiced attitudes. EMOTION, 19(5), 917–922.
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Van Hiel, Alain, Jonas De keersmaecker, Emma Onraet, Tessa Haesevoets, Arne Roets, and Johnny Fontaine. 2019. “The Relationship between Emotional Abilities and Right-Wing and Prejudiced Attitudes.” EMOTION 19 (5): 917–22.
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Van Hiel, Alain, Jonas De keersmaecker, Emma Onraet, Tessa Haesevoets, Arne Roets, and Johnny Fontaine. 2019. “The Relationship between Emotional Abilities and Right-Wing and Prejudiced Attitudes.” EMOTION 19 (5): 917–922.
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Van Hiel A, De keersmaecker J, Onraet E, Haesevoets T, Roets A, Fontaine J. The relationship between emotional abilities and right-wing and prejudiced attitudes. EMOTION. 2019;19(5):917–22.
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A. Van Hiel, J. De keersmaecker, E. Onraet, T. Haesevoets, A. Roets, and J. Fontaine, “The relationship between emotional abilities and right-wing and prejudiced attitudes,” EMOTION, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 917–922, 2019.
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  author       = {Van Hiel, Alain and De keersmaecker, Jonas and Onraet, Emma and Haesevoets, Tessa and Roets, Arne and Fontaine, Johnny},
  issn         = {1528-3542},
  journal      = {EMOTION},
  keywords     = {General Psychology,blatant prejudice,cognitive abilities,emotional abilities,right-wing attitudes,subtle prejudice,SOCIAL-DOMINANCE ORIENTATION,COGNITIVE-ABILITY,INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES,INTELLIGENCE,EMPATHY,AUTHORITARIANISM,IDEOLOGY,SUBTLE,MODEL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {917--922},
  title        = {The relationship between emotional abilities and right-wing and prejudiced attitudes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/emo0000497},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2019},
}

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