Behaviors and Feelings Toward Immigrants

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2017-08

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Bueno, Elia H.

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The purpose of this thesis is to examine how people behave and feel toward immigrants, specifically Mexican immigrants, predicted by a number of independent variables. The independent variables of interest are (1) people’s perception of immigrants’ competence and warmth, (2) two factors of personality from the Big Five, Openness to experience and Agreeableness, (3) Attitudes toward immigrants, and (4) the variable Acculturation among Hispanic participants. Each of these variables is addressed below. The four hypotheses were proposed: 1: The more warm and competent an immigrant is perceived to be, the more positive participants will feel and behave towards an immigrant. 2: The more open to experience and agreeable a participant is, the more positive he or she will feel and behave towards an immigrant. 3: Regarding attitudes towards immigrants, the more positive the emotion response is toward interacting with immigrants, the more positive participants will feel and behave toward an immigrant. 4: Within the Hispanic sample, the less acculturated the Hispanic participant is, the more positive the participant will feel and behave toward an immigrant. Based on the results addressed below, significant correlations and statistical significance were found when a MANOVA, correlations, and correlation matrix were conducted. The first two hypotheses were partially supported, whereas the other two hypotheses were supported.

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Immigrants, Mexican immigrants, Prejudice, Behaviors and feelings

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Bueno, E. H. (2017). <i>Behaviors and feelings toward immigrants</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

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