Authoritarianism and Attitudes Toward High Achievers

N. T. Feather

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    In 2 studies 204 Ss completed scales measuring right-wing authoritarianism, general attitudes toward high achievers, global self-esteem, and items concerned with voting preference, causal attributions, personality characteristics, deservingness, responsibility, and affective reactions to the rise and fall of 3 political leaders. Study 1 distinguished between components of right-wing authoritarianism and showed that the nonaggressive rule-follower with high global self-esteem was more likely to favor rewarding high achievers; the more aggressive rebel with low global self-esteem was more likely to favor the fall of high achievers. Study 2 showed that right-wing voting preference moderated relations between authoritarianism and Ss' affective reactions and that prediction of these variables was significantly enhanced when personality, attribution, and deservingness were added to the regression equation after controlling for the effects of age and gender, right-wing political preference, and authoritarianism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)152-164
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1993


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