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Novel Explanations for Misogynistic Attitudes in Society-Social Loneliness as a Moderator in Misogyny

Hansmeyer, Allanah-Eva (2021) Novel Explanations for Misogynistic Attitudes in Society-Social Loneliness as a Moderator in Misogyny.

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Abstract:Previous research was able to identify three attitudinal explanations for misogyny: the preference for social dominance (SDO), right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and the preference for social justification (SJ). But what other factors influence misogynistic attitudes in society? And can benevolent and hostile sexism truly be distinguished? One study investigated the role frustrated mating needs take when it comes to hatred against women and found a correlation between the two. Although this is an important finding, the previously established explanations of misogynistic attitudes (SDO, RWA and SJ) were not controlled for, which might have affected the outcome of that correlation. The present study (N=114) examined frustrated mating needs and feelings of social isolation to shed light on whether these individual-level experiences influence the development of misogyny – all whilst controlling for SDO, RWA and SJ. To distinguish benevolent and hostile sexism more clearly, the influence of frustrated mating needs on benevolent sexism was also explored. To do so, Data were collected through a selfreport questionnaire. Correlational and hierarchical regression results revealed that the assumption that frustrated mating needs predict hostile misogyny could not be supported. Nevertheless, as hypothesized, it also does not predict benevolent sexism. Lastly, this study explored the possibility of feelings of social isolation moderating the effect of frustrated mating needs on misogyny. A moderation analysis resulted in non-significant models, opposing the idea of feelings of social isolation as a moderator. Despite the non-significant results, the present study contributes to the field of social psychology and specifically misogyny by development of novel hypotheses to individual-level psychological factors as possible explanations for the origins and sustainment of misogynistic views in society.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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