ERIC Number: ED055307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
New Left Beliefs, Trust in Others, and Instrumental Cheating.
Hamilton, Viola Lee; Shaver, Kelly G.
This study represents an attempt to relate activist ideology to behavior in settings that are not explicitly political. Two characteristics, interpersonal trust and a need for ethical consistency, were translated into empirical questions and studied accordingly. Subjects were undergraduate college students who scored low or high on the New Left Scale and the Political Activities Scale. Results of the experiment indicate that (1) activists demonstrate greater interpersonal trust than do conservatives, and even when that trust is diminished by interaction, activists appear more willing to acknowledge their opponents' strengths; (2) activist students more readily admit ethical transgressions, when confronted, than do more conservative students; and (3) components of primarily political attitudes can be related in predictable ways to behavior in situations that are not explicitly political in nature. (Author/TA)
Descriptors: Activism, College Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Moral Values, Political Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Values
Kelly G. Shaver, Department of Psychology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. 23185
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Authoring Institution: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.