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A new scale of interrogative suggestibility

A new scale of interrogative suggestibility

Personality & Individual Differences 5(3): 303-314

The construction of the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale (GSS), its rationale and scoring, is described. The scale is quick to administer and contains a sufficiently large range of possible scores to be of practical value with different groups of Ss [subjects] and individuals. It can be used either as a clinical tool to measure individual susceptibility to suggestion or as a research instrument for obtaining greater understanding of the nature and mechanisms of interrogative suggestibility. Principal-component (rotated) analyses were performed on the scale's item scores. Two types of suggestibility emerged: the extent to which Ss yield to suggestibility emerged: the extent to which Ss yield to suggestive questions; the extent to which Ss can be made to shift their replies once interpersonal pressure has been applied. Each aspect of the scale contains 15 items which comprise reasonably homogeneous measures with satisfactory internal-consistency reliabilities. The validity of the scale was demonstrated in several recent experiments.

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DOI: 10.1016/0191-8869(84)90069-2

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