What mitigates prejudice against migrants in situations of uncertainty? Addressing this question, we explored how individuals with greater COVID-19 concern perceive migrants as a greater threat and show prejudice against them, indirectly through the mechanism of need for cognitive closure and binding moral foundations. This study was conducted in two European countries: Malta and Italy. Six hundred and seventy-six individuals participated in this quantitative study (Malta: N = 204; Italy N = 472). Results from this study showed that the need for cognitive closure and binding moral foundations mediate the relationship between COVID-19 concern and prejudice against migrants in both countries. When testing the three binding moral foundations (loyalty, authority, and purity), the authority foundation seems to be the most consistent predictor. The implications of the findings contribute to theories about how situational uncertainty caused by COVID-19, together with the need for epistemic certainty and binding morality, contribute to increased prejudiced attitudes against migrants.

COVID-19 and prejudice against migrants: the mediating roles of the need for cognitive closure and binding moral foundations. A comparative study / Bianco, Fleur; Kosic, Ankica; Pierro, Antonio. - In: THE JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 0022-4545. - (2021). [10.1080/00224545.2021.1900046]

COVID-19 and prejudice against migrants: the mediating roles of the need for cognitive closure and binding moral foundations. A comparative study

Ankica Kosic
Secondo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Antonio Pierro
Ultimo
Supervision
2021

Abstract

What mitigates prejudice against migrants in situations of uncertainty? Addressing this question, we explored how individuals with greater COVID-19 concern perceive migrants as a greater threat and show prejudice against them, indirectly through the mechanism of need for cognitive closure and binding moral foundations. This study was conducted in two European countries: Malta and Italy. Six hundred and seventy-six individuals participated in this quantitative study (Malta: N = 204; Italy N = 472). Results from this study showed that the need for cognitive closure and binding moral foundations mediate the relationship between COVID-19 concern and prejudice against migrants in both countries. When testing the three binding moral foundations (loyalty, authority, and purity), the authority foundation seems to be the most consistent predictor. The implications of the findings contribute to theories about how situational uncertainty caused by COVID-19, together with the need for epistemic certainty and binding morality, contribute to increased prejudiced attitudes against migrants.
COVID-19; prejudice; migrants; moral foundations
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COVID-19 and prejudice against migrants: the mediating roles of the need for cognitive closure and binding moral foundations. A comparative study / Bianco, Fleur; Kosic, Ankica; Pierro, Antonio. - In: THE JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 0022-4545. - (2021). [10.1080/00224545.2021.1900046]
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