Rocco Servidio, Stefano Boca

Classical and modern prejudice toward asylum seekers: A contribution to the Italian validation of the Prejudice Against Asylum Seekers Scale (PAAS)

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Keywords: asylum seekers, classical and modern prejudice, psychometric properties.

In this study, we tested the validity of the Italian version of the Prejudice Against Asylum Seekers Scale (PAAS), which measures classic and modern prejudice toward asylum seekers. A sample of 740 participants (227 males and 513 females, aged 18-67) completed the scale. The results were consistent with the original 2-factor model providing an acceptable fit for the data. This study, however, suggests taking out two items from the scale. The two correlated factors showed significant associations with right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, and national identification. No gender differences emerged, but only those related to religious affiliation, age, and political orientation. The Italian version of the scale appears a valid tool not only for research, but also for designing social interventions involving asylum seekers.

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