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
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.