PSYC 2310 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: European Canadian, Collectivism, Asian Canadians

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Attitudes are defined as positive and negative evaluations about the following: people, objects, events and ideas. Also, they include three distinct components: affect, behaviour and cognition. These are known as the abcs of attitude. Attitudes help predict what people will do in the future, although attitudes are not always consistent with behaviours. Gender differences: women have more socially compassionate attitudes towards topics such as the death penalty, reducing income differentials between the rich and poor and favouring gun control. They also tended to have more traditionally moral attitudes towards things such as disapproval of divorce, abortion and opposing the legalization of marijuana. Women turned out to be more liberal than men when it came to issues of compassion and rights, but more conservative than men on issues of traditional morality. Negative information has a stronger impact on our attitudes than positive information does.

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