Date of Award

4-1982

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Malcom Robertson

Second Advisor

Dr. Dave Lyon

Third Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronokas

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine whether individuals presented with a well defined list of adjectives demonstrate suggestibility, i.e., would rate themselves differently on the Adjective Check List (ACL), versus the open-ended test such as the Clinical Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ) or Critical Incident Survey (CIS).

The participants in this study were 36 adult volunteers drawn from three different populations: 12 prison inmates, 12 undergraduates from a university, and 12 outpatients of a mental health clinic. The participants were administered the three tests in individual and group sessions.

The prisoners did not fake “bad" or "good" more so on the ACL than on the CAQ or CIS. The undergraduates did describe themselves differently on the ACL than on the CAQ, but they did not describe themselves differently on the ACL than on the CIS. The outpatients did not describe themselves as having more severe symptoms or personality problems on the ACL than on the CAQ or CIS.

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