Personal and Contextual Determinants of Attitudes towards Immigrants Cover Image

Personalne i kontekstualne determinante stavova prema imigrantima
Personal and Contextual Determinants of Attitudes towards Immigrants

Author(s): Boban Petrović
Subject(s): Social psychology and group interaction, Social differentiation, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Београду
Keywords: attitudes towards immigration; personality; HEXACO; economic security; multiethnicity

Summary/Abstract: The issues of immigrants and attitudes towards immigrants are an important social issue in our country, and in recent years these issues have become more topical due to the large number of immigrants from the Middle East and Africa who pass through Serbia. This research was aimed at identifying the determinants of social attitudes towards immigrants. Contextual determinants, first of all, economic security and life in a multiethnic environment, as well as individual determinants, operationalized through the HEXACO model of personality, were examined. The research was conducted on the convenience sample of 540 participants. The results have shown that economic security has no direct effect on the attitudes towards immigrants, while the multiethnic environment is an important determinant of these attitudes. Personality traits, especially Openness, as well as Honesty- Humility, have better predictive power than the contextual variables. The factors of economic security are significant moderators of the relationship between personality and attitudes towards immigrants. The importance of the obtained results for understanding the formation of attitudes towards immigrants is discussed, as well as the methodological framework for future studies of attitudes towards immigrants and other social groups.

  • Issue Year: 19/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 223-240
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian