Title
The relationship between ethnocentric attitudes and avoidance behavior among Belgian students The relationship between ethnocentric attitudes and avoidance behavior among Belgian students
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Featherston ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Social behavior and personality. - Featherston
Volume/pages
40(2012) :1 , p. 15-30
ISSN
0301-2212
ISI
000300868900003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Measurements of ethnocentric attitudes are routinely included in survey research but are often criticized because they lack external validity. In a European context there is almost no research in which the focus is on the relationship between ethnocentric attitudes and actual behavior. Most of the existing research has been conducted in North America, where the pattern of interethnic relations is different from the pattern in Europe. Therefore, in this study we investigated whether or not a survey measure for ethnocentric attitudes accurately reflects avoidance behavior toward ethnic minorities in a European context. Among a study sample of Belgian students we found that ethnocentric attitudes had a strong predictive effect on independently observed avoidance behavior. This provides support for the ethnocentrism scale as a measure that has external validity.
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