On the relation between social dominance orientation and environmentalism: A 25-nation study

Taciano l. Milfont, Paul Bain, Yoshihisa Kashima, Victor Corral-Verdugo, Carlota Pasquali, Lars-Olof Johansson, Yanjun Guan, Valdiney Veloso Gouveia, Ragna b. Garðarsdóttir, Guy Doron, Michał Bilewicz, Akira Utsugi, Juan Ignacio Aragones, Linda Steg, Martin Soland, Joonha Park, Siegmar Otto, Christophe Demarque, Claire Wagner, Ole jacob MadsenNadezhda Lebedeva, Roberto González, P. Wesley Schultz, José l. Saiz, Tim Kurz, Robert Gifford, Charity S. Akotia, Nina M. Saviolidis, Gró Einarsdóttir

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Approval of hierarchy and inequality in society indexed by social dominance orientation (SDO) extends to support for human dominance over the natural world. We tested this negative association between SDO and environmentalism and the validity of the new Short Social Dominance Orientation Scale in two cross-cultural samples of students (N = 4,163, k = 25) and the general population (N = 1,237, k = 10). As expected, the higher people were on SDO, the less likely they were to engage in environmental citizenship actions, pro-environmental behaviors and to donate to an environmental organization. Multilevel moderation results showed that the SDO–environmentalism relation was stronger in societies with marked societal inequality, lack of societal development, and environmental standards. The results highlight the interplay between individual psychological orientations and social context, as well as the view of nature subscribed to by those high in SDO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-814
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Issue number7
Early online date23 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • cross-cultural research
  • environmentalism
  • social context
  • social dominance orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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