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Title: CONDITIONAL LOVE: SINGAPOREANS' PURSUIT OF BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS SATISFACTION INFLUENCES EVALUATION OF IMMIGRANTS
Authors: LEE PEIWEI
Keywords: Basic psychological needs, intergroup threats, warmth and competence
Issue Date: 10-Feb-2017
Source: LEE PEIWEI (2017-02-10). CONDITIONAL LOVE: SINGAPOREANS' PURSUIT OF BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS SATISFACTION INFLUENCES EVALUATION OF IMMIGRANTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Increasing xenophobia among Singaporeans is becoming a pressing concern. The current research, consisting of two studies, uses both Integrated Threat and Basic Psychological Needs Theory to understand what fuels Singaporeans’ attitudes towards immigrants. In both studies, participants rated the extent to which immigrants are seen as (i) realistic and symbolic threats (i.e., intergroup threats), (ii) instrumental to their need for autonomy, relatedness, and competency, and (iii) warm and competent (i.e., attitudes towards immigrants). Study 1 utilised a sample of undergraduates, while Study 2 recruited participants from the general population of Singapore. Two findings were consistent across both studies: (1) The more immigrants’ hindered locals’ competence needs satisfaction, the more competent locals perceived immigrants to be. (2) The more immigrants’ hindered locals’ relatedness needs satisfaction, the less warm immigrants were perceived to be and this relationship was mediated by the amount of symbolic threat locals perceived immigrants to pose.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/136073
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