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CARDENAS, Manuel. The Modern Racism Scale: psychometric properties and its relationship with psychosocial variables. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.6, n.2, pp.255-262. ISSN 1657-9267.

An adaption of McConahay, Harder and Batts’ (1981) moderm racism scale is presented for Chilean population and its psychometric properties, (reliability and validity) are studied, along with its relationship with other relevant psychosocial variables in studies on prejudice and ethnic discrimination (authoritarianism, religiousness, political position, etc.), as well as with other forms of prejudice (gender stereotypes and homophobia). The sample consisted of 120 participants, students of psychology, resident in the city of Antofagasta (a geographical zone with a high number of Latin-American inmigrants). Our findings show that the scale seems to be a reliable instrument to measure the prejudice towards Bolivian immigrants in our social environment. Likewise, important differences among the subjects are detected with high and low scores in the psychosocial variables used.

Keywords : modern racism; prejudice; immigration; Chile.

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