Examining sexism through the lens of the Five-Factor Model : a facet level approach

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Sean Stapleton Vick (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Erin Myers

Abstract: The relationship between personality and generalized prejudice has been an important area of research in social psychology. Early literature posited that those individuals with high levels of right-wing authoritarianism were more likely to display overt attitudes of prejudice. Social dominance orientation was also shown to correlate highly with generalized prejudice. Recent criticisms of right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation, however, regard both traits as relating more to social behaviors than as legitimate personality characteristics. As such, there has been a shift towards examining the relationship between generalized prejudice and the five broad domains of personality (i.e., the Five-Factor Model of personality). Sexism, specifically, has been underused when studying specific forms of prejudice and their relationship with the Five-Factor Model. The goal of the present study was to determine which factors and facets of the Five-Factor Model significantly correlate with sexism. Results showed that of the five factors, Neuroticism and Openness to Experience were significantly negatively correlated with sexism while Extraversion was significantly positively correlated with sexism. On a facet level, Excitement-Seeking, Anxiety, Anger, Artistic Interests, Emotionality, Intellect, and Liberalism were identified as significant predictors for predicting sexism.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Facets, Five Factor Model, Personality, Personality Factors, Prejudice, Sexism
Sexism -- Psychological aspects
Big Five model

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