Acculturation orientations and religious identity as predictors of Anglo-Australians' attitudes towards Australian Muslims

Hisham Motkal Abu-Rayya, Fiona Ann White

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Poll studies have shown an increase in Anglo-Australians' negative attitudes towards Australian Muslims. Such studies, however, by their nature present Anglo-Australians as a relatively unified group, making a limited scientific contribution to the understanding of intergroup relations. The present study aimed at revealing differences within Anglo-Australians by examining the extent to which their acculturation orientations and religious identity play a role in differentiating the levels of positive and negative attitudes they hold towards Australian Muslims. A total of 170 second year University students (116 females and 54 males) with a mean age of 22.09 (SD= 5.98) participated in the study. Generally, findings revealed that while Integrationist and Individualist were the most endorsed acculturation orientations, Assimilationist and Segregationist emerged the least, and participants recorded more positive attitudes towards Muslims than negative attitudes. Additionally, Integrationist and Individualist orientations were positively related to positive attitudes and negatively related to negative attitudes; the reverse was the case for Assimilationist and Segregationist orientations. Religious identity of Anglo-Australians predicted positive attitudes towards Australian Muslims but did not predict negative attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-599
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation orientations
  • Anglo-Australians
  • Australian Muslims
  • Outgroup attitudes
  • Religious identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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