Dr. Doan Modianos
Despite the existence of multiple scales purporting to measure degree of authoritarianism as a personality trait, there exists disagreement within current research as to whether these measures reliably measure the three hypothesized domains of authoritarian submission, aggression, and traditionalism. This study focuses on the development of a new scale in response to methodological and validity concerns of previously-used measures. The new scale provides a reliable measure of authoritarian belief within the tested sample of college-aged students. Factor analysis of responses to the items of the new measure also provides evidence of the multidimensionality of authoritarianism as a construct. Further, significant correlations are found between Graham and Haidt's Moral Foundations model and the dimensions of authoritarianism as measured by this scale. Analysis also reveals a significant relationship between authoritarianism and vertical collectivist and individualist belief. These findings reaffirm current theoretical belief in the tridimensional model of authoritarianism and provide a new, reliable measure of the authoritarian personality.
"Development of a New Scale for Evaluating Authoritarianism,"
The Pegasus Review: UCF Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 10:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/urj/vol10/iss2/3