The Big Five in Context: Personality, Diversity and Attitudes toward Equal Opportunities for Immigrants in Switzerland

Ackermann, Kathrin; Ackermann, Maya (2015). The Big Five in Context: Personality, Diversity and Attitudes toward Equal Opportunities for Immigrants in Switzerland. Swiss political science review / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 21(3), pp. 396-418. Wiley 10.1111/spsr.12170

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The paper analyzes the link between personality traits and attitudes of Swiss citizens toward equal opportunities for immigrants. In particular, we examine the extent to which this relationship is moderated by the socio-structural context. We test the assumption that the direct links between personality traits and attitudes toward equal opportunities are strengthened by perceived ethnic diversity. Based on our empirical analyses, we are able to replicate central findings of the research on personality traits and attitudes toward immigrants for the Swiss context. While openness toward experience and agreeableness are positively related to a preference for equal opportunities, conscientiousness is negatively linked to these attitudes. Furthermore, our results reveal that the link between conscientiousness and attitudes toward equal opportunities is significantly moderated by the perceived share of foreigners in the neighborhood. This finding is especially relevant for future research on the effects of personality traits.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Ackermann, Kathrin Maria and Ackermann, Maya Esther

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1424-7755

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Kathrin Maria Ackermann

Date Deposited:

02 May 2016 13:57

Last Modified:

09 May 2016 06:57

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/spsr.12170

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Switzerland, Political Psychology, Immigration, Big Five, Moderation

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.79391

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79391

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