Schoon, Ingrid and Cheng, Helen and Gale, Catharine and Batty, G. David and Deary, Ian and Gale, C.R. and Batty, G.D. and Deary, I.J.
Social status, cognitive ability, and educational attainment as predictors of liberal social attitudes and political trust.
Intelligence, 38 (1).
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||this paper published in a high impact US journal we examine the associations between family socio-economic background, childhood intelligence (g) at age 11, educational and occupational attainment, and social attitudes at age 33 in a large representative sample of the British population born in 1958. Using Structural equation Modeling we could demonstrate a direct association between higher g at age 11 and more liberal social attitudes and political trust at age 33. For both men and women the association between g and liberal social attitudes was partly mediated via educational qualifications, and to a much lesser extent via adult occupational attainment. In terms of socio-economic background, people from less privileged families showed less political trust, but did not differ much in liberal social attitudes from those born into relatively more privileged circumstances. This study shows that social background, cognitive ability, education, and own social status influence perceptions of society.
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