Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) has engaged the interest of social and personality psychologists as it has deep implications for the psychology of intergroup conflict, particularly regarding factors such as prejudice and discrimination, as well as international conflict resolution. Nevertheless, few studies have directly assessed how SDO relates to intergroup reconciliation. This study (effective N = 819) measured participants’ SDO along with their attitudes toward various governmental apologies to test the hypothesis that SDO is associated with unwillingness to issue intergroup apologies. The results showed that SDO was negatively correlated with supportive attitudes toward government-issued international apologies. This negative correlation remained intact after controlling for the effects of political conservatism and militarism.
Mifune, Nobuhiro; Kazunori Inamasu; Shoko Kohama; Yohsuke Ohtsubo & Atsushi Tago (2019) Social dominance orientation as an obstacle to intergroup apology, PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0211379.