ORCID Identifier(s)

0000-0003-2443-3209

Graduation Semester and Year

2018

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lauri A Jensen-Campbell

Abstract

Although immigrants enrich the US culture and provide intellectual and economic stimulation, there has been a rise of anti-immigration movements, making the acculturation process more difficult for the immigrant. The purpose of this thesis was to investigate how patriotism influenced negative attitudes toward immigrants, especially among individuals who were higher on right-wing authoritarianism (RWA), national identity, and/or group narcissism. This thesis study addressed these issues by priming patriotism with unpatriotic and patriotic pictures and then examining attitudes toward immigrants/immigration. This data (N = 192) linked self-reported individual difference measures (e.g., right-wing authoritarianism (RWA)) of college students that was collected prior to the lab visit. Results showed that, on average, those who were primed with patriotic images did have more negative attitudes toward immigrants than those in the neutral picture condition. Additionally, students higher on RWA held a more negative mindset toward immigration, especially if they were also higher on group narcissism. This project provided important evidence that “exclusionary patriotism” can lead to intolerance toward immigrants/immigration.

Keywords

Patriotism, Immigration, Immigrants, Priming

Disciplines

Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

Included in

Psychology Commons

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