Now at Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.
A New Measure of Conservatism*
Article first published online: 12 JUL 2011
1968 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 264–269, December 1968
How to Cite
WILSON, G. D. and PATTERSON, J. R. (1968), A New Measure of Conservatism. British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 7: 264–269. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1968.tb00568.x
The authors are indebted to Richard F. Lewis and Miss R. A. Ballin for invaluable assistance in the collection of standardization data.
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2011
- Manuscript received 4 September 1967
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A variable of personality which has been shown to have considerable predictive value in both social and clinical psychology is that which is variously labelled authoritarianism, dogmatism, fascism, and anti-scientific attitude. The term ‘conservatism’ is preferred because it is less value-toned than other alternatives. Previous tests of this dimension are criticized on a number of grounds and the development of a new test which circumvents these deficiencies is described. The ‘Conservatism Scale’ is found to be a remarkably reliable, valid, and economical instrument.