Relationships between psychosocial characteristics and democratic values in Iranians: a cross-cultural study
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractThis paper investigates the extent to which differences in people’s socio-political attitudes and behaviours are underpinned by individual characteristics. Two groups of volunteers: (a) an Iranian sample that have been resident in UK for less than two years, and (b) a British sample, took part in this study. A series of validated scales was used to examine differences in levels of empathy, theory of mind, flexibility, suggestibility, emotionality, openness, normative identity style, interpersonal trust, cooperativeness, emotionality, prosocial behaviour, egalitarian sex role, and authoritarianism between groups. Self-reported socio-political tendency, in terms of adherence to democracy, was also assessed. The results show significant differences in levels of these variables between the two cultural groups. Furthermore, the findings shed some light on the psychological and social factors that are related to democratic values and that predict this outcome in the two groups. Implications of the findings for policy makers and educational systems are discussed.
CitationKaviani H, Kinman G (2017) 'Relationships between psychosocial characteristics and democratic values in Iranians: a cross-cultural study', Research & Reviews: Journal of Social Sciences, 3 (1), pp.12-22.
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