Mortality salience and prejudice towards ethno-religion minorities: Results and implications of a Nigerian study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 5, 2017 , pages: 420–426
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1347773
Author(s): Valentine C. EzehDepartment of Psychology, Nigeria, Philip C. MefohDepartment of Psychology, Nigeria, Samson K. NwonyiDepartment of Psychology, Nigeria, Joseph C. AlicheDepartment of Psychology, Nigeria


The present study examined mortality salience (MS) effect on prejudice towards an ethno-religion minority group of Northern Nigeria. Participants were 120 undergraduate students (females = 41.67%) with an age range between 17 and 38 years. The students completed a Distance-(relationship)-Situation (DS) measure under alternative conditions: with MS priming and a control condition. Following a three-way mixed model ANOVA, results showed MS to predict prejudice across relationship situations of secret disclosure, business partnership, and cooperating to get a task done. Consistent with terror management theory, MS effects on ethno-cultural prejudice expression apply across relationship situations.

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