Youth attitudes toward difference and diversity: a cross-national analysis

Jorge Vala, Rui Costa-Lopes

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This paper analyses youth attitudes toward difference and cultural diversity. Firstly, we analyse data from 65 countries showing that youths are more tolerant than older people toward both stigmatised groups and groups perceived as racially or ethnically different. Findings also show that political conservatism is a very stable predictor of intolerance to difference. Secondly, we study the appraisals of cultural diversity in 21 European countries, showing that youths express greater openness to cultural diversity than older people. In this new study, while values of conservation correlate negatively with openness to cultural diversity, values of self-transcendence correlate positively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-275
Number of pages21
JournalAnálise Social
Issue number195
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural diversity
  • Discrimination
  • Intolerance
  • Prejudice
  • Youths


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