Authoritarianism: Validation of the Balanced F scale through Observer Ratings

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Ervin Locklear (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Michael Stratil

Abstract: In conducting this study, our purpose was to further our understanding of the relationship between authoritarian attitudes and behavior. The specific purpose of the present study was to investigate the use of observer ratings in validating personality characteristics of authoritarians. Our study focused upon defining personality dimensions of the authoritarian personality. Observer and self-ratings of the subject on a newly constructed personality measure was used in an attempt to clarify traits of the authoritarian. The self-ratings provided the personal perception of the authoritarian while observer ratings provided insight into personality dimensions which the authoritarian represses or distorts. Also, the personality measure used provides more accurate self and observer ratings than have been achieved on past personality measures.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1982
Authoritarianism (Personality trait)

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