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Comparative validation of self-report measures of negative attitudes towards Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders

Skinner, Timothy C., Blick, Julie, Coffin, Juli, Dudgeon, Pat, Forrest, Simon and Morrison, David (2013). Comparative validation of self-report measures of negative attitudes towards Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. Rural and Remote Health,13(2):1959-1-1959-9.

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Title Comparative validation of self-report measures of negative attitudes towards Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders
Author Skinner, Timothy C.
Blick, Julie
Coffin, Juli
Dudgeon, Pat
Forrest, Simon
Morrison, David
Journal Name Rural and Remote Health
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1445-6354   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84877986255
Start Page 1959-1
End Page 1959-9
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Rural Health Education Network
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Introduction:
This study sought to determine the construct validity of two self-report measures of attitudes towards Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders against an implicit measure of attitude.

Method:

Total of 102 volunteer participants completed the three measures in a randomized order. The explicit measures of prejudice towards Aboriginal Australians were the Modern Racism Scale (MRS) and the Attitudes Towards Indigenous Australians Scale (ATIAS). The implicit attitudes measure was an adaptation of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and utilised simple drawn head-and-shoulder images of Aboriginal Australians and White Australians as the stimuli.

Results:

Both explicit measures and implicit measure varied in the extent to which negative prejudicial attitudes were held by participants, and the corresponding construct validities were unimpressive. The MRS was significantly correlated with the IAT, (r=.314;p<.05) where the ATIAS was not significantly correlated with IAT scores (r=.12).

Conclusion:

Of the two self-report measures of attitudes towards Aboriginal Australians, only the MRS evidenced validity when compared with the use of an implicit attitude measure.

Keywords Aborigian Australian
Attitudes
Prejudice
Validity
Open access True
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URL http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1959


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