Scientific article

Motivations underlying attitudes: regulatory focus and majority versus minority support

Published inEuropean journal of social psychology, vol. 38, no. 4, p. 587-600
Publication date2008

Drawing on regulatory focus theory, the present work examined the motivations underlying intergroup attitudes expressed under conditions of majority versus minority support. In two studies, participants expressed their attitudes towards equality and non-discrimination of foreigners and were informed that the equality and non-discrimination principle was supported by either a majority or a minority. Regulatory focus was assessed as the extent to which participants felt promotion-related and prevention-related emotions when acting either inconsistently or consistently with the egalitarian principle. Results provided evidence supporting the hypothesis that attitudes are related to prevention emotions when supported by a majority, but to promotion emotions when supported by a minority

  • Regulatory focus
  • Majority and minority support
  • Intergroup attitudes
  • Attitude function
Citation (ISO format)
FALOMIR PICHASTOR, Juan Manuel et al. Motivations underlying attitudes: regulatory focus and majority versus minority support. In: European journal of social psychology, 2008, vol. 38, n° 4, p. 587–600. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.494
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ISSN of the journal0046-2772

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