Social dimensions of judgments of integrity in public figures

Sparks, Paul and Farsides, Tom (2011) Social dimensions of judgments of integrity in public figures. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50 (1). pp. 170-179. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

The notion of `integrity' remains relatively unexplored in the social psychological literature, despite it being central to some important theoretical perspectives (notably, self-affirmation theory). It is an eminently positive and well-used epithet in descriptions of public figures. The two studies reported here addressed laypeople's conceptions of integrity. The findings indicate that in relation to eight public figures, the best general predictor of judgments of integrity was perceptions of `sincerity' (characterized by attributes such as genuine and honest). For three of the public figures strongly linked to civil rights issues, judgments of integrity were also predicted by perceptions of `standing for something'. The findings suggest that the social character of integrity merits further psychological research attention.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Tom Farsides
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 10:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13171
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