Evidence concerning the construct validity of conceptual level as a personality variable

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

100 female 12th graders from Southern Ontario, classified as either high, moderate, or low in conceptual level (CL) by the Paragraph Completion Test, were examined for differences in integrative complexity as well as movement toward interpersonal maturity. Ss completed the Wonderlic Intelligence Test, Rasmussen Ego Identity Scale, and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. After controlling for intelligence, the higher CL group exhibited significantly superior performance on the more complex aspects of an impression formation task and higher ego identity and lower anxiety scores. Correlational analysis revealed that CL tended to be related to higher level task measures and to ego identity and anxiety, while intelligence tended to be related to less complex aspects of the impression task. Intelligence itself was unrelated to ego identity and anxiety. Findings support the construct validity of CL as outlined by D. E. Hunt at al (1977). (French summary) (28 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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