Title

Terror Management among Chinese: Worldview Defense, and Intergroup Bias in Resource Allocation

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-2007

Abstract

Management of terror of death and its subsequent reactions has been held to be universal. However, with only a few exceptions empirical efforts have so far been focused on people from North American and European countries. Would Eastern philosophical traditions render differential management of the terror of death? The present research aimed at testing the generality of terror management in Hong Kong Chinese samples. Across four studies, we found robust and consistent mortality salience effects, which attest to the generality of terror management. As in previous studies, compared to control participants, mortality salient participants displayed a stronger ingroup bias in person evaluation (Studies 1, 3). Additionally, we found a robust mortality salience effect on intergroup bias in resource allocation (Studies 2A, 2B, 3), which has not been examined in previous terror management research.

Keywords

Chinese culture, intergroup bias, mortality salience, terror management theory, worldview defence

Discipline

Asian Studies | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Volume

10

Issue

2

First Page

93

Last Page

102

ISSN

1367-2223

Identifier

10.1111/j.1467-839X.2007.00216.x

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-839X.2007.00216.x

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