Nuclear Weapons Attitudes in Relation to Dogmatism, Mental Representation of Parents, and Image of a Foreign Enemy

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Abstract

Undergraduate students (N = 82) were compared on attitudes toward nuclear armament, Rokeach Dogmatism, and the Blatt measure of developmental level of representations of parents and a foreign enemy. As predicted, opposition to nuclear armament was associated with less dogmatism and higher levels of representations of both parents and a foreign enemy. The level of enemy image was independent of the developmental level of representation of parents. Empathy, based on Blatt scores of developmental level, was higher in participants opposed to nuclear armament.

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