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|Title:||The Role of False Beliefs in the Community's and the Federal Government's Attitude to Australian Asylum Seekers||Contributor(s):||Pedersen, A (author); Watt, SE (author) ; Hansen, S (author)||Publication Date:||2006||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/1048||Abstract:||Previous quantitative research has found that people who report negative attitudes toward asylum seekers also tend to report the acceptance of information that is factually incorrect (negative 'false beliefs'). In the present study, we were interested in matching spontaneously generated false beliefs with negative attitudes toward asylum seekers, and in examining the presence of such beliefs in politicians' public statements.To do this, we analysed qualitative data collected from 602 WesternAustralian participants. Three false beliefs were frequently cited ('boat people are queue jumpers', 'asylum seekers are illegal' and 'people who arrive unauthorised are not genuine refugees'). As predicted, the total number of false beliefs significantly correlated with negative attitudes.The same beliefs were also identified in statements made by FederalGovernment representatives. Our results have important practicalimplications. If false beliefs about asylum seekers can be identified and corrected, this may have a significant effect on changing these attitudes in a positive direction.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Australian Journal of Social Issues, 41(1), p. 105-124||Publisher:||Australian Council of Social Service||Place of Publication:||Australia||ISSN:||0157-6321||Field of Research (FOR):||170113 Social and Community Psychology||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Other Links:||http://www.acoss.org.au/
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