Motivational profiles: A study of former political radicals and politically moderate adults

D.P. McAdams, S. Rothman, S.R. Lichter

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Abstract

The Thematic Apperception Test (TA T) was administered to a group of adults previously active in the political "New Left" of the 1960s and a group of more politically "moderate" adults involved in various community affairs. The TA T stories were scored for four social motives: power, intimacy, affiliation, and achievement. For both sexes, adult radicals scored significantly lower on intimacy motivation than did moderates. Further, radical males scored significantly lower on achievement and significantly higher on power than did moderate males.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-603
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

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