The Authoritarian Personality

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What is the Authoritarian personality?
A state of mind or attitude characterized by belief in absolute obedience.
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What is the F scale?
The California F-scale is a 1947 personality test, designed by Theodor W. Adorno and others to measure the authoritarian personality. The "F" stands for "fascist".
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What did Adorno's research in 1950 conclude?
People with a strict upbringing were high on the F scale. Rigid thinkers, who always obeyed authority. Through A process of learning and imitation.
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What is right-wing authoritarianism?
Authoritarian submission-high degree of submissiveness to the authorities and legitimate in the society. Authoritarian aggression-aggressiveness directed against deviants,Conventionalism — a high degree of adherence to the traditions and social norms
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Who conducted a key study on the authoritarian personality and when?
Elms and Milgram, 1966
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Briefly outline the setting of this study
20 obedient participants, who administered the full 450 volts and 20 disobedient participants, who refused to continue.
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Briefly outline the procedure on this key study
Asked personality questionnaires, including Adorno’s F scale, to measure level of authoritarian personality, open-ended questions about relationship with parents, and with experimenter and learner in Milgram's experiment
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Briefly outline the findings of the study
Obedient scored higher on F scale, in comparison to disobedient, obedient were less close to their fathers during childhood, admired the experimenter in Milgram’s experiment, which was the opposite for disobedient
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What did Milgram and Elms conclude from the study?
The obedient participants in his original research displayed higher levels of the authoritarian personality, in comparison to disobedient participants.
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EVALUATION: Differences between authoritarian and obedient participants
Many obedient participants grew up having a good relationship with their parents
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