Belief in a just world, national identity, and military attitudes: the case of Syria war

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Occupation: Senior Lecturer for Chair of Human Resources Management and Psychology of FU; Assistant of Pedagogy and Medical Psychology Department of Institute of Sociology, Psychology and Humanities of Sechenov University
Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University
Address: 125993 (GSP-3), Moscow, Leningradsky prosp., 49, Russia; 119991, Moscow, St. Trubetskaya, 8, building 2, Russia
Occupation: Professor of Psychology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences; Leading researcher in Laboratory for Experimental and Behavioral Economics
Affiliation: National research University “Higher school of Economics”
Address: 101000, Moscow, Myasnitskaya str., 20, Russia
Occupation: Lecturer of Psychology Department of Military University
Affiliation: “The military University”
Address: 123001, Moscow, Bolshaya Sadovaya street, 14, Russia
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 39 №4

In this study we investigated factors which predict attitudes toward different forms of Russian participation in Syrian conflict. Russian residents (N = 595) filled out the scales for belief in a just world, nationalism, patriotism, general military attitudes and attitudes towards different forms of Russian involvement in Syrian conflict. The results of the study have shown that just world belief predicts different forms of national identity - patriotism and nationalism. Patriotism, but not nationalism, is negatively correlated with general military attitudes. General military attitudes, in turn, are positively correlated with attitudes towards Russian military involvement in the conflict, but negatively correlated with the peaceful participation. The article contains new data on the links between national identity and the attitude toward war. Proposed assumptions about what the results may be related to. The main prospects for the development of this area of research are outlined.

Keywordsmilitary attitudes, belief in a just world, national identity, patriotism, nationalism
Publication date14.10.2018
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