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Comparing a variable-centered and person-centered approach to the structure of prejudice

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Whereas research on generalized prejudice is dominated by variable-centered approaches, which focus on communalities between different types of prejudice, we propose a complementary person-centered approach, looking for subgroups of people characterized by similar patterns of prejudice. To this end, we compare the results of a variable-centered (using confirmatory factor analysis, CFA) and a person-centered (using latent class analysis, LCA) approach to generalized prejudice. While CFA points to a multidimensional solution with a strong overlap between prejudice dimensions, LCA distinguishes five prejudice patterns that cannot be organized along a linear continuum of more versus less prejudiced dispositions. Explanatory models for the two solutions are estimated. Results show that the two methods are largely complementary in conceptualizing generalized prejudice.
Tijdschrift: Social Psychological and Personality Science
ISSN: 1948-5506
Issue: 6
Volume: 9
Pagina's: 645 - 655
Jaar van publicatie:2019