Not all negative: Macro justice principles predict positive attitudes towards asylum seekers in Australia

Joel R. Anderson, Avelie Stuart, Isabel Rossen
2015 Australian journal of psychology  
Public opinion toward asylum seekers within Australia has become increasingly hostile over the past decade. In particular, such negative attitudes are associated with questioning the legitimacy of those who seek asylum, and the fairness of granting their refugee status. In a sample of 100 students (M age =22.83 years, SD age =8.26 years) we tested the role of macro and micro principles of social justice in predicting attitudes toward asylum seekers, beyond the established role of social
more » ... e orientation (SDO) and right-wing authoritarianism. Using multiple hierarchical regression analyses, we show that macro justice social principles (i.e., the belief in equal distribution of resources across a society) predict positive attitudes toward asylum seekers beyond the variation accounted for by SDO and RWA in predicting negative attitudes. These results underscore the importance of taking into account individual orientations toward justice; we argue that these findings have important implications for the development of communication designed to reduce prejudice toward asylum seekers. (Word count: 153)
doi:10.1111/ajpy.12085 fatcat:lnfktehumrf5jjeh7nu4on3w7a