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On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism : a 25-nation study.

Milfont, T.L. and Bain, P.G. and Kashima, Y. and Corral-Verdugo, V.C. and Pasquali, C. and Johansson, L.-O. and Guan, Y. and Gouveia, V.V. and Garðarsdóttir, R.B. and Doron, G. and Bilewicz, M. and Utsugi, A. and Aragones, J.I. and Steg, L. and Soland, M. and Park, J. and Otto, S. and Demarque, C. and Wagner, C. and Madsen, O.J. and Lebedeva, N. and González, R. and Schultz, P.W. and Saiz, J.L. and Kurz, T. and Gifford, R. and Akotia, C.S. and Saviolidis, N.M. and Einarsdóttir, G. (2018) 'On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism : a 25-nation study.', Social psychological and personality science., 9 (7). pp. 802-814.


Approval of hierarchy and inequality in society indexed by social dominance orientation (SDO) extends to support for human dominance over the natural world. We tested this negative association between SDO and environmentalism and the validity of the new Short Social Dominance Orientation Scale in two cross-cultural samples of students (N = 4,163, k = 25) and the general population (N = 1,237, k = 10). As expected, the higher people were on SDO, the less likely they were to engage in environmental citizenship actions, pro-environmental behaviors and to donate to an environmental organization. Multilevel moderation results showed that the SDO–environmentalism relation was stronger in societies with marked societal inequality, lack of societal development, and environmental standards. The results highlight the interplay between individual psychological orientations and social context, as well as the view of nature subscribed to by those high in SDO.

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Publisher statement:Milfont, T.L., Bain, P.G., Kashima, Y., Corral-Verdugo, V.C., Pasquali, C., Johansson, L.-O., Guan, Y., Gouveia, V.V., Garðarsdóttir, R.B., Doron, G., Bilewicz, M., Utsugi, A., Aragones, J.I., Steg, L., Soland, M., Park, J., Otto, S., Demarque, C., Wagner, C., Madsen, O.J., Lebedeva, N., González, R., Schultz, P.W., Saiz, J.L., Kurz, T., Gifford, R., Akotia, C.S., Saviolidis, N.M. & Einarsdóttir, G. (2018). On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism: A 25-nation study. Social Psychological and Personality Science 9(7): 802-814. © 2017 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Date accepted:27 June 2017
Date deposited:24 July 2017
Date of first online publication:23 August 2017
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