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Does young adults' life satisfaction promote tolerance towards immigrants?: The role of political satisfaction and social trust
Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM). University of Girona, Spain; National University of Ostroh Academy, Ukraine.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6434-0982
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).
2023 (English)In: Current Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, E-ISSN 1936-4733, Vol. 42, no 7, p. 5599-5610Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Much prior research relies on the idea that antipathy towards immigrants is primarily driven by natives' perceptions of the threat that immigrants represent to their economic, cultural or national well-being. Yet little is known about whether subjective well-being affects attitudes toward immigrants. This study aimed to examine whether life satisfaction would foster tolerance towards immigrants over time via the indirect influence of political satisfaction and social trust. The sample comprised young native adults (N = 1352; M age = 22.72; SD = 3.1) in Sweden. The results revealed that young adults who were satisfied with important life domains were more likely to extend their satisfaction towards the political system, which consequently resulted in a generalised expectation of trustworthiness and a widening of their circles of trusted others. This then translates into more positive attitudes toward immigrants. The findings provide evidence that it is the causal relationship between political satisfaction and social trust (rather than social trust in itself) which promotes the positive impact of life satisfaction on tolerance towards immigrants. The study highlights that fostering political satisfaction and social trust may play an important role in shaping young people's positive attitudes towards immigrants.

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Springer, 2023. Vol. 42, no 7, p. 5599-5610
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Young adults, Tolerance, Life satisfaction, Political satisfaction, Social trust, Attitudes towards immigrants
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-43963DOI: 10.1007/s12144-021-01923-0ISI: 000655889900006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85106721451OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-43963DiVA, id: diva2:1571243
Available from: 2021-06-22 Created: 2021-06-22 Last updated: 2023-07-04Bibliographically approved

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