conflict & communication online, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2010
ISSN 1618-0747




Roland Imhoff
Two forms of modern anti-Semitism? A scale for the measurement of primary and secondary ant-Semitism

Based on the distinction between primary and secondary anti-Semitism reported in the literature, a scale was constructed to measure these two concepts. A sample of N=70 students filled out the scale together with a number of potential predictors (right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, glorification of the nation, motivation to control prejudiced responses). The total scale proved to be both consistent and stable over time, and the hypothesized two-factor structure was supported. Correlations with additional constructs support the validity of the scale. In a second study (N=341), the results were replicated and structural models of the scale were tested with confirmatory factor analyses. Despite empirical support for a two-fold structure of the scale, primary and secondary anti-Semitism were very highly inter-correlated, and thus potentially are only different forms of one underlying common concept.


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On the author:
Graduate Psychologist Roland Imhoff, b. 1977, is working on his doctorate at the University of Bonn on the topic of "Representations of History and Group-Based Emotions" with the support of a stipend from the Villigster Evangelical Study Institute (Evangelische Studienwerk e.V.). His research emphases include indirect measurement procedures in social and legal psychology, prejudice and social influence. He is also a member of the interdisciplinary Villigster Research Forum on National Socialism, Racism and Anti-Semitism (registered association).

Address: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität Bonn, Abteilung für Rechts- und Sozialpsychologie, Kaiser-Karl-Ring 9, 53111 Bonn.