This manuscript is partially adapted from a dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. Appreciation is extended to my cochairmen, Drs. Frank Jerse and Edward Roeber.
Homogeneity of Personality Characteristics: A Comparison between Old Order Amish and Non-Amish1
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1970 American Anthropological Association
Volume 72, Issue 5, pages 1063–1068, October 1970
How to Cite
Wittmer, J. (1970), Homogeneity of Personality Characteristics: A Comparison between Old Order Amish and Non-Amish. American Anthropologist, 72: 1063–1068. doi: 10.1525/aa.1970.72.5.02a00050
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Accepted for publication 11 July 1969.
- Old Order Amish;
- culture and personality;
The purpose of this study was to compare the variability of measured personality characteristics of 25 Amish and 25 non-Amish male youth, between the ages of 18 and 21, from the same community. This study assumed that the homogeneous nature of the Amish culture would predetermine greater similarity of personality among the Amish youth. The findings indicate that the aspect of personality similarity was significantly greater for the Amish group on 9 of 16 measures of personality. The findings were discussed in light of the Amish culture.