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Authoritarian Personality

A battery of questions was developed to assess traits posited as aspects of an “authoritarian personality.”  The battery examines a range of dimensions, but in general it attempts to determine levels of submission to authority and adherence to conventional or traditional values, accompanied by the belief that such values should be enforced on others.  A separate personality dimension called “social dominance” has also been proposed in order to explain the sources of prejudice.   


Altemeyer, Bruce.  1981.  Right-Wing Authoritarianism.  Manitoba: University of Manitoba Press.

Whitley Jr., Bernard E.  1999.  “Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation, and Prejudice.”  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 77(1):126-134.

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