The relationship between right-wing ideological attitudes and psychological well-being

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Onraet, Emma ; Van Hiel, Alain ; Dhont, Kristof (2013)
  • Publisher: Sage Publications
  • Journal: (issn: 0146-1672 1552-7433)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1177/0146167213478199
  • Subject: AUTHORITARIANISM | HAPPY PEOPLE | ESTEEM | SOCIAL-DOMINANCE ORIENTATION | PERSONALITY | BF | POLITICAL-ATTITUDES | CONSERVATISM | ETHNIC PREJUDICE | SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY | COLLEGE-STUDENTS

The relationship between right-wing ideological attitudes and psychological well-being has been intensively studied. While some studies supported the hypothesis that right-wing attitudes are negatively related with well-being, other research yielded positive or non-significant relationships. We conducted a meta-analysis (total samples = 97, total N = 69,221) of measures of well-being, including positive and negative affect, life satisfaction, self-esteem and intrinsic goal pursuit. The obtained effect sizes were generally weak and non-significant, except for a moderate relationship between intrinsic goal pursuit and social dominance orientation. Our results thus do not support previous theories that claim that right-wing attitudes yield substantial relationships with psychological well-being.
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