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Relationship between national identity and allocentrism / idiocentrism


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Križanec, Tajana. (2008). Relationship between national identity and allocentrism / idiocentrism. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka].

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The goal of this research was to determine the relationship between national identity and allocentrism and idiocentrism. The study examined the size of allocentrism and idiocentrism and the size of national identity within our sample. Relations between this constructs were also examined, as well as the amount of variance of national identity which can be explained by unique contributions of socio-demographic variables, the importance of faith in the life of participant, his left of right political orientation, and the components of HVIC survey. The research has included 312 participants, but the analyses were performed only on 296 participants of Croatian nationality (143 males and 153 females), with age ranging from 38 to 72 years (M=49.1, SD=5.66). The battery of tests was administrated which included: Scale of national identity - NAIT (Čorkalo and Kamenov, 1999), HVIC scale of horizontal and vertical individualism and collectivism (Singelis, 1995) and socio-demographic questionnaire. The mean score for participants in our sample in allocentrism was higher than in idiocentrism, and when we look at three components of HVIC survey, participants had the higher result in allocentrism, only with marginal significance lower in horizontal idiocentrism, and significantly the lowest result in vertical idiocentrism. The mean score in national identity for our respondents is somewhat higher than a mean of the scale. The results show a positive correlation between national identity measured with NAIT scale and vertical idiocentrism and allocentrism, while national identity has no relationship to horizontal idiocentrism. Left of right political orientation of participant, as well as the importance of faith in his life made the biggest predictive contributions to national identity (right political orientation and bigger importance of faith in the life of participant led to higher scores on national identity), vertical idiocentrism as well as allocentrism also made unique predictive contributions to explanation of national identity (higher scores on above mentioned constructs led to higher scores on the measure of national identity). Socio-demographic variables: gender and a size of the family in which participant grew up also provided unique predictive power in explanation of the variance of national identity (higher scores on national identity were linked with being male and with growing up in extended family).

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: national identity, social identity, allocentrism, vertical idiocentrism, horizontal idiocentrism
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:05

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