Project Title

The Decision of Taking Peaceful or Violent Action

Presenter Hometown

La Grange

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Matthew P. Winslow

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to examine how the interactions of grievance, low-status, and ideological factors (Right-Wing Authoritarianism, System Justification, and Social Dominance Orientation) influence an individual’s decision in the choice of peaceful or violent political protest. The current research seeks to replicate and combine findings of different pieces of the previous literature on the subject. Participants will be 150 undergraduate college students enrolled in introductory psychology and research methods courses at Eastern Kentucky University. This experiment has participants voluntarily read and respond to one of four randomly assigned vignettes that manipulate levels of grievance and status. Participants will then be asked to respond to the vignettes, answer a few demographic questions, complete a Social Dominance Orientation scale, a Right-Wing Authoritarianism scale, and a System Justification scale. Through MANOVA tests, this study expects to find significant results of the interaction of grievance and low-status leading to political participation, the additional interaction of high RWA scores leading to no political action, a different interaction of high SDO scores leading to violent political action, and a different interaction of lower system justification scores leading to peaceful political action.

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The Decision of Taking Peaceful or Violent Action

The purpose of the study is to examine how the interactions of grievance, low-status, and ideological factors (Right-Wing Authoritarianism, System Justification, and Social Dominance Orientation) influence an individual’s decision in the choice of peaceful or violent political protest. The current research seeks to replicate and combine findings of different pieces of the previous literature on the subject. Participants will be 150 undergraduate college students enrolled in introductory psychology and research methods courses at Eastern Kentucky University. This experiment has participants voluntarily read and respond to one of four randomly assigned vignettes that manipulate levels of grievance and status. Participants will then be asked to respond to the vignettes, answer a few demographic questions, complete a Social Dominance Orientation scale, a Right-Wing Authoritarianism scale, and a System Justification scale. Through MANOVA tests, this study expects to find significant results of the interaction of grievance and low-status leading to political participation, the additional interaction of high RWA scores leading to no political action, a different interaction of high SDO scores leading to violent political action, and a different interaction of lower system justification scores leading to peaceful political action.