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Title: Examining the Effect of Values on Attitudes towards Immigrants: How does it occur, and among whom?
Keywords: immigration, conservation, values, priming
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2017
Citation: AARON LIM WEI QIANG (2017-11-10). Examining the Effect of Values on Attitudes towards Immigrants: How does it occur, and among whom?. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Immigration has long been a hot button topic in Singapore, fuelled by the nation-state’s pro-immigration policies in recent decades. Accompanying these policies are negative attitudes towards various groups of immigrants, particularly immigrants from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). To obtain a better understanding of these attitudes, the present research aims to (1) establish the relationship between self-transcendence and conservation values, and attitudes towards PRC immigrants in the context of Singapore, (2) explore if endorsements of cultural ideologies mediate this relationship, and (3) examine if making certain values situationally important would interact with multicultural acquisition to influence attitudes. Attitudes were operationalized as a willingness to interact with PRC immigrants across various social situations. Findings from Study 1 demonstrated that social values of self-transcendence positively predicted willingness to interact with PRC immigrants, and the relationship was mediated by greater support for multiculturalism. On the other hand, conservation values negatively predicted willingness to interact, and the relationship was mediated by lower support for colour-blindness. Study 2 manipulated the situational saliency of values and found that priming self-transcendence values increased willingness to interact among high MA participants; priming conservation values decreased willingness to interact among low MA participants. Implications, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.
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