Experimenter Prestige and Feedback Related to Acceptance of Genuine Personality Interpretations and Self-Attitude

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  • The present study examined the relationship between the prestige of the diagnostician and subjects' (a) parsonal validation of genuine, test-based personality evaluations and (b) pie- and postfeedback changes in self-attitudes. It was found that (a) subjects in all conditions rated the interpretations as being fairly accurate descriptions of their personalities; (b) the acceptance of the feedback did not vary as a function of experimenter prestige; and (c) receiving personality feedback had no effects on subjects' self-attitudes. This latter finding was examined from the viewpoint of social judgment theory. © 1977, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
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  • Bradley GW; Bradley LA
  • Start Page

  • 178
  • End Page

  • 185
  • Volume

  • 41
  • Issue

  • 2