Political orientation and images of the United States in Italy

Elena Trifiletti1, Rossella Falvo1, Carla Dazzi1, Dora Capozza1
1Department of Applied Psychology, University of Padova, Italy
Cite this article:  Trifiletti, E. , Falvo, R. , Dazzi, C. , & Capozza, D. (2012). Political orientation and images of the United States in Italy. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40, 85-92.

Volume 40 Issue 1 | e2390 | Published: January 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.1.85

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Image theory was used in this study to assess the images that Italian adults with different political ideologies have of the United States. In addition to the ally, barbarian, enemy, and imperialist images, a new image, that of the father, was introduced. It was found that right-wing respondents endorsed the father and ally images of Americans, while left-wing respondents perceived Americans as barbarians. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
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