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ERIC Number: ED260333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Sex, Intimacy, and Involvement on Acceptance of Generalized Personality Feedback.
Handelsman, Mitchell M.; McLain, Joanne
Although much research has examined the acceptance of psychological test feedback in an assessment/therapeutic setting, all of this research has been concerned with one-to-one relationships. A study was undertaken to assess the impact of test feedback about one partner on both members of a male-female couple. Male (N=48) and female (N=48) college students were assigned to male-female pairs. Half the couples were randomly paired strangers, half were paired with intimate partners. Subjects were randomly assigned to be participants who received feedback about themselves or observers who received feedback about their partner. Participants took a form of the Rorschach Inkblot Test and received in the presence of their partner a standard Barnum personality interpretation, purportedly derived from the test. Participants and observers individually rated how accurate they felt the interpretation was, recalled interpretative statements, and completed other relevant questionnaires. The results indicated that intimate couples rated the feedback as more accurate, remembered more of the feedback, reported more faith in psychological tests, and rated experimenter skill higher than did strangers. Male participants rated the feedback as more accurate than did male observers, suggesting that males may be more receptive of feedback in couples if they themselves have taken the test. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A