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Title

IMPROVING THE ASSESSMENT OF CONSERVATISM: THE PREDICTIVE VALIDITY OF CURRENT CONSERVATIVE MEASURES

Presenter Information

David I. CrittendonFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

Major

Experimental Psychology

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Jana Hackathorn

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

This study compares the validity of three current conservative measures: the Core Conservatism Scale, the Social and Economical Conservative Scale, and the commonly used single item measurement that asks participants to indicate their political orientation on a Likert scale. Importantly, this study is needed because currently used measures of conservatism tend to be posed with several disadvantages (e.g., reliability, demand characteristics, & social desirability). This study used online data collection to assess each of the measures. Results from this study demonstrated that the CCS had equal or greater predictive validity than the SECS or SI on Protestant work ethic, social dominance orientation, right-wing authoritarianism, patriotism, political party affiliation and voting behavior.

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IMPROVING THE ASSESSMENT OF CONSERVATISM: THE PREDICTIVE VALIDITY OF CURRENT CONSERVATIVE MEASURES

This study compares the validity of three current conservative measures: the Core Conservatism Scale, the Social and Economical Conservative Scale, and the commonly used single item measurement that asks participants to indicate their political orientation on a Likert scale. Importantly, this study is needed because currently used measures of conservatism tend to be posed with several disadvantages (e.g., reliability, demand characteristics, & social desirability). This study used online data collection to assess each of the measures. Results from this study demonstrated that the CCS had equal or greater predictive validity than the SECS or SI on Protestant work ethic, social dominance orientation, right-wing authoritarianism, patriotism, political party affiliation and voting behavior.