Beliefs about human nature held by adolescents in Fiji: Some preliminary ethnic and sex comparisons

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Malia Mulipola-Lui
Helen Laidlaw
Cite this article:  Mulipola-Lui, M., & Laidlaw, H. (1980). Beliefs about human nature held by adolescents in Fiji: Some preliminary ethnic and sex comparisons. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 8(1), 125-128.


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Beliefs in overall trustworthiness and complexity of others were investigated in 121 adolescents (mean age 14.7 years) from schools in the Suva-Nausori area of Fiji. Using a 15-item version of Wrightsman's Children's Philosophies of Human Nature scale, it was shown (p less than 0.01) that females had a higher level of belief in the trustworthiness of people. In a multicultural comparison, it was shown that Indo-Fijians and Europeans both had a higher level (p less than 0.001) of belief in the trustworthiness of people than Fijians. Europeans were shown (p less than 0.05) to see people in general as more complex in comparison with both the Fijian and Indo-Fijian groups.
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