Patriotism, Political Identity and Political Involvement among Young Pakistani Adults

Khadija Mansoor (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Mujeeba Ashraf, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

Political involvement has always been a center of attention as it affects government politics. Studies revealed that political involvement has clear roots linked with patriotism (blind patriotism & constructive patriotism. The present study aims to find out the association between patriotism, political involvement along with political identity. In order to explore the association, correctional research design was used. Convenient sampling technique was used to collect sample of N = 200 Pakistani young adults from Lahore. It was hypothesized that patriotism (blind patriotism & constructive patriotism) and political identity would have correlation with political involvement. It was also hypothesized that blind patriotism, constructive patriotism and political identity would predict political involvement among young Pakistani adults. Blind and Constructive Patriotism Scale (Schtz, 1999), Identification with Psychological Group Scale (Mael & Tetrick, 1992) and political involvement items from IEA study, were used to measure patriotism, political identity and political involvement respectively. Analysis of data involved preliminary analysis and main analysis; Pearson product moment correlation and backward regression. The results showed that blind patriotism and constructive patriotism were not correlated to political involvement. Results also revealed that political identity was significantly predicted by political involvement. Current study helps in understanding political orientation of political involvement, patriotism and political identity among young adults of the present era and gives insight to political roots for further exploration.

Keywords: Patriotism, political identity, political involvement.

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