The F scale as a measure of breadth of perspective


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Abstract

An interpretation of the F Scale as a measure of the breadth of a person's perspective (or range of tolerance) is proposed. According to this view, the F Scale reflects both a person's psychological capacity for shifting contexts and accepting differences, and the opportunities for widening his experiences provided by his environment. To illustrate this interpretation, data from a sample of 282 Negro college freshmen are presented. F score is shown to be related to an index of capacity, based on a measure of intolerance of ambiguity; and to several determinants of opportunity—sex, age, social class background, and regional background. An analysis using jointly the index of capacity and a composite index of opportunity shows that capacity and opportunity contribute independently to F Scale position. (19 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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