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ERIC Number: ED178819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Inconsistency Across Time and Situations: A Decade of Research Using the Adjective Generation Technique (AGT).
Allen, Bem P.; Potkay, Charles R.
The Adjective Generation Technique (AGT) has been used in studies to demonstrate that subjects' responses show variations from one point in time to the next. To examine this hypothesis, longitudinal studies were undertaken where subjects were asked to generate five words to describe themselves on each of 29 days. Some conclusions drawn were that: (1) people perform different behaviors on different contiguous days, thus manifesting different "traits" on different days; (2) this variability is partially controlled by variability in "significant life events"; (3) individual differences in such variability are apparent, but even relatively consistent people vary considerably; (4) self-monitoring may in part explain the variability; (5) a few situations determine much the same behavior in different people; (6) males and females do not differ in variability, but females have lower over-all AGT favorability scores; and (7) a subject's description of her "true self" changes from one point in time to the next. (Author/BMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adjective Generation Technique
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (51st, Chicago, Illinois, May 3-5, 1979)