Alfieri, S., & Marta, E.
Positive attitudes toward the outgroup: Adaptation and validation of the Allophilia Scale
The paper presents an Italian validation of the Pittinsky, Rosenthal, and Montoya (2011) Allophilia Scale. The term allophilia indicates a positive feeling and attitude of openness toward an outgroup, in this case specifically an ethnic group. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted on a sample of 400 individuals. The sample was randomly split into two parts: an exploratory factor analysis was carried out on the first and a confirmatory factor analysis on the second. Our findings supported the dimensionality of the scale already ascertained with five factors in the American context. The number of items was reduced from 17 to 15 on the basis of our results. A third sample consisting of 180 people was recruited to perform analyses of convergent and discriminant validity, both of which were satisfactory. The analyses gave satisfactory results on the target group examined (the Romanian population residing in Italy).Back