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Is creativity domain-specific? Latent class models of creative accomplishments and creative self-descriptions.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Paul Silvia, Assistant Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Is creativity domain-specific? We describe the value of latent class analysis for appraising domain generality, and we report two studies that explore the latent class structure of creative accomplishments (using Carson, Peterson, and Higgins’s Creative Achievement Questionnaire; n = 749) and creative self-descriptions (using Kaufman and Baer’s Creativity Domain Questionnaire; n = 3,534). For creative achievements, clear latent classes were found: the majority of people belonged to an ?uncreative? class, and smaller classes were found for visual arts and performing arts. For creative self-descriptions, however, latent classes were not found: people’s views of themselves as ?creative people? varied quantitatively but not qualitatively. Implications for the assessment and analysis of creativity are considered.

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Publication
Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts--Article in press at present
Language: English
Date: 2008
Keywords
Creativity, Latent class analysis, Creative achievement, Personality, Finite mixture models