ERIC Number: ED296225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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The Relationship between Attitude Similarity and Expertness on Perceived Trustworthiness of a Counselor.
McKay, Sharon L.; And Others
This analogue study investigated the relationship between attitude similarity and expertness on perceived trustworthiness of a confederate counselor. Undergraduate students (N=51) who scored in the extreme conservative or liberal range of an attitude survey on controversial topics were randomly matched with a confederate counselor whose introductory biographical sketch depicted him or her as attitudinally similar or dissimilar to the subject as well as either experienced/expert or inexperienced/nonexpert in the field. Following a 10-minute meeting between the counselor and the subject which was similar in content to a clinical intake interview, subjects completed the Counselor Rating Form to assess their perceptions of counselor trustworthiness. A three-way analysis of variance was performed with liberal/conservative, attitude similarity, and expertness as the independent factors and perceived trustworthiness as the dependent measure. No significant main effects or three-way interactions were obtained. A significant two-way interaction effect was demonstrated between liberalism/conservatism and expertness/nonexpertness. Conservative subjects rated the nonexpert counselors significantly higher on trustworthiness than did liberal subjects, while liberal and consevative subjects did not differ in trustworthiness ratings of expert counselors. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (33rd, Atlanta, GA, March 25-28, 1987).