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1

What is the key theory for obedience within dispositional explanations?

The Authoritarian Personality

2

What does the authoritarian personality say about obedience?

It says obedience is a kind of psychological personality disorder

3

What characterises the authoritarian personality?

Extreme respect for authority
Submissiveness
Contempt for inferior social status

4

What is the cause of the authoritarian personality?

Strict and harsh parenting creating the impression of conditional love - fear of parents is displaced onto those that are socially inferior

5

Who proposed the idea of an authoritarian personality?

Adorno et al in 1950

6

What measuring scale did Adorno use to measure the authoritarian personality?

The F-scale
Those who scored highly on the F-scale identified with strong people and showed disrespect to the 'weak', they were very status conscious, they tended to have more stereotypical views so were more prejudiced also.

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What are the evaluation points for the dispositional explanations of obedience?

+ Research support for AP - obedience link - Milgram did study again this time measuring ppls APs - AP = more obedient
- Limited explanation - Nazi Germany, can't all have had APs
- F-scale is politically biased - measures the tendency towards an extreme form of right-wing ideology - politically biased
- Correlation doesn't mean causation