How do you know who (dis)approves of war and why? Modern Studies of Attitudes to War



The article provides an overview of contemporary research on attitudes towards war among residents of different countries. The definition of the attitude to war is given, history and methods (psychological and sociological, quantitative, qualitative and experimental) of the study are described, as well as the relationship with socio-demographic, environmental and psychological variables. The individual psychological (personality traits, motivation, psychological well-being) and socio-psychological (ideological preferences, social beliefs and national identity) correlates of attitudes towards war are distinguished. Conclusions are given, limitations and prospects for future research are demonstrated.

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Keywords: attitude toward war, research methods, individual psychological correlates, social psychological correlates

Journal rubric: Special (Branch) Psychology

Article type: review article


Funding. The reported study was funded by RFBR, project number 20-113-50270.

For citation: Nevryuev A.N., Sarieva I.R. How do you know who (dis)approves of war and why? Modern Studies of Attitudes to War [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2022. Vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 80–93. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2022110108. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Andrey N. Nevryuev, Senior Lecturer, Chair of Human Resources Management and Psychology, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irena R. Sarieva, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology of Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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