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Gülay Karadere (Dipl.-Psych.)
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The AUS is a self-evaluation scale with seven items for recording authoritarianism for research questions. Reliability: Cronbach's alpha in the construction sample was alpha = .64, in another study alpha = .83. Validity: Single factor models with uncorrelated residuals were estimated. The model was accepted, which led to a reasonable estimation of the data and in which the variance of the latent factor was significantly different from zero. In the construction sample, the single factor model led to a very good reproduction of the empirical variance-covariance matrix. The expected positive correlations between authoritarianism and Just World Faith as well as the expected negative correlations between authoritarianism and uncertainty tolerance were shown in four studies. The authoritarianism scale is independent of the tendency towards socially desirable response behaviour. Another indication of construct validity could be the connection to the political orientation of the respondents. In line with expectations, the voters of the party "The Greens" had a lower authoritarian value than the voters of the more traditional SPD. Due to the specific socialization conditions in the former GDR, higher authoritarianism values were to be expected in an East German compared to a West German sample, which were actually observed.
Dalbert, C. (2002). AUS. Autoritarismusskala [Verfahrensdokumentation aus PSYNDEX Tests-Nr. 9004521, Autorenbeschreibung und Fragebogen]. In Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID) (Hrsg.), Elektronisches Testarchiv. Trier: ZPID.
Short Name AUS
English Name Authoritarianism Scale
Authors Dalbert, C.
Published in Test archive 2002
Copyright/Licence Copyright Autoren; CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0
Key words Authoritarianism, Political Conservatism, Tolerance for Ambiguity, World View, Attitudes, Personal Values, Social Perception, Life Experiences
Application age 12 years and older
Item number 7 items
Subscales None; Authoritarianism
Application time 5 min.
Interpretation time A few minutes.
Reliability Internal consistency: Cronbach's Alpha = .64-.83.
Validity Findings on factorial and construct validity.
There is no abstract in English available. Information about the measure can be found under Overview.
There is no complete review in English available. Further information about the measure can also be found under Overview.
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Ministerin Prof. Dr. Claudia Dalbert, Universität Halle, Pädagogische Psychologie, Franckeplatz 1, Haus 5, D-06099 Halle (Saale)