Celebrity Worship: Critiquing a Construct
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 6, pages 1356–1370, June 2011
How to Cite
STEVER, G. S. (2011), Celebrity Worship: Critiquing a Construct. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 1356–1370. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00765.x
- Issue published online: 21 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2011
McCutcheon, Lange, & Houran (2002) proposed the Celebrity Attitude Scale (CAS) to identify celebrity worshipers, useful for identifying individuals who are overly absorbed or addicted to their interest in a celebrity. Problematic is the absence of a conceptual definition for celebrity worshiper and how this term relates to use of the term fan. Currently, these terms are most often used as if they were synonyms (Haspel, 2006; Maltby, Day, McCutcheon, Gillett et al., 2004; McCutcheon, Lange, & Houran, 2002). Sampled groups of serious fans contained many individuals who met none of the criteria for celebrity worship, as identified by the CAS. The use of celebrity worshiper as a synonym for fan appears to be conceptually flawed.