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QUIROS, Rafael Román  and  SIBAJA, Massiel Arroyo. Psychosocial underpinnings predicting the political thought: a study on two Costa Rican universities. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.39, pp. 370-385. ISSN 1519-549X.

The aim is to determine the existing relation between attitudes towards economical freedom and Authoritarianism as two dependent variables in comparison to the independent variables a) level of Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), b) poverty attribution, c) the individual religiosity level and d) the perception on human nature. The dependent variables represent the political thinking which is represented by two variables; economical freedom representing the traditional "left - right" conception regarding the economical aspect, and an authoritarianism scale. 196 college students from two Costa Rican universities were surveyed; a public and a private one specialized in health sciences. Among the most important results, a significant relation was found between Social Dominance Orientation and Authoritarianism, as well as between religiousness and a) Authoritarianism, b) Economic freedom (right-wing), and c) a positive perception on human nature.

Keywords : Political ideology; rightwing; authoritarianism; Social Dominance Orientation; poverty attribution; religiousness; human nature perception.

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