obedience: dispositional explanations

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AS - Level psychology (chapter 1 - social influence ) Mind Map on obedience: dispositional explanations, created by Daisy U on 03/26/2016.

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obedience: dispositional explanations
1 authoritarian personality
1.1 Adorno wanted to understand the Holocaust
1.1.1 high levels of obedience was because of a psychological disorder
1.2 procedure
1.2.1 Adorno obedient personality study 2000 middle class white Americans looked at their unconscious attitudes towards racial groups
1.3 the potential for fascism scale
1.3.1 f scale measures authoritarian personality
1.4 findings
1.4.1 high score = condescending of the weak, conscious of others status they also had fixed stereotypes for people there was a strong correlation between authoritarianism and prejudice
1.5 authoritarian characteristics
1.5.1 authoritarian personality are more obedient to authority submissive to authority prejudice to those of lower social status prejudice about sex race and gender need strong authority to enforce traditional values
1.6 origin of authoritarian personality
1.6.1 formed in childhood from harsh parenting this creates resentment in the child but the child can't take it out on the parents so takes it out on the inferior as they see the parents do - scapegoating this is a psychodynamic explanation
2 evaluation
2.1 research support
2.1.1 Milgram interviewed people with a high score on the f scale he thought there was a link between obedience and authoritarian personality just a correlation between 2 measurable variables don't know cause and effect - may be a third factor involved
2.2 limited explanation
2.2.1 millions of Germans showed high obedience and were racist they couldn't all have had the same personality social identity explains obedience Germans identified with Nazis and scapegoated the Jews
2.3 political bias
2.3.1 f scale measures an extreme form of right wing ideology Christie & Jahoda it is a politically biased interpretation of authoritarian personality it shows importance of complete obedience of legitimate political authority
3 evaluation +
3.1 methodological problems
3.1.1 the f scale is based on flawed methodology Greenstein every question is worded in the same direction if you ticked all down one row you would get a high score may be measuring the tendency to agree with everything
3.1.2 researcher bias Ardono interviewed the people and knew their scores and he knew the hypothesis
3.2 correlation not causation
3.2.1 high authoritarian was linked to prejudice against minority however does not show cause and effect so harsh parenting styles may not have cause authoritarian personality
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