Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program

Psychology

Supervisor

Richard Sorrentino

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Independent determinants of intention to interact with ex-convicts were investigated, including attitudes, norms, and perceived controllability. Attitude measurement incorporated implicit and explicit attitudes assessed by employing the Affect Misattribution Procedure (AMP: Payne, Cheng, Govorun, and Stewart, 2005) and self- report questionnaires, respectively. It was anticipated that the individual difference of Uncertainty Orientation would moderate the relationship between these factors and intention. Results did not support predictions. Additional analyses however did reveal a significant 4-way interaction in predicting behavioural intentions. Potential modification of implicit attitudes towards ex-convicts using Affirmation-Negation training was also investigated. It was predicted that affirmation training would lead to a reduction in stereotype activation, whereas negation training would lead to greater activation of stereotypes. This pattern did interact significantly with uncertainty orientation, but not in the expected direction. Theoretical implications of these findings and limitations of the current study are discussed.

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