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Attributionally more complex people show less punitiveness and racism

Authors Tam, Kevin K.P. View this author's profile
Au, Al
Leung, Angela Ka-Yee
Issue Date 2008
Source Journal of Research in Personality , v. 42, (4), August 2008, p. 1074-1081
Summary Based on past findings that attributionally more complex people make less fundamental attribution error, it was hypothesized that they would show less punitiveness and racism. In a study of 102 undergraduates, this hypothesis received robust support. The effect of attributional complexity was significant in 2 different punitiveness measures, a rehabilitation support measure, and 2 different racism measures. Also, this effect still held when demographic variables, crime victimization history, and need for cognition were statistically controlled. Moreover, attributional complexity mediated the effect of need for cognition and gender on punitiveness and racism. Theoretical implications are discussed.
ISSN 0092-6566
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Language English
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