Rocco Servidio, Pasquale Musso, Maria Giuseppina Bartolo, Angela Costabile

Anti-Roma attitudes in a Southern Italian context: Exploring the validity characteristics of the Attitudes Toward Roma Scale

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Keywords: ATRS, anti-Roma attitudes, prejudice, stereotypes, stigmatized minority group.

Researchers have argued that anti-Roma attitudes are a unique form of prejudice, proposing a new Attitudes Toward Roma Scale (ATRS). However, studies on its characteristics are lacking. The current study addresses this gap by investigating ATRS characteristics in Southern Italy. Participants included 200 university students and young adults and adults (age range 18-60 years). The results supported a three-factor structure for ATRS, grasping three different aspects of anti- Roma attitudes: blatant stereotyping, undeserved benefits, and cultural difference. Each factor subscale showed good internal consistency reliability. Furthermore, gender was not associated with ATRS factors, while age was positively related to undeserved benefits and cultural difference. Diverse patterns of association between ATRS factors and theoretically relevant correlates were found. Taken together, these findings suggest that the ATRS can be a valuable tool to assess and better understand attitudes toward a highly stigmatized minority group like the Roma.

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