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Personality and Strength-Related Attitude Dimensions Between and Within-Person Relationships

Personality and Strength-Related Attitude Dimensions Between and Within-Person Relationships

Journal of Research in Personality 45(6): 586-596

Examined personality variables as predictors and moderators of strength-related attitude dimensions (SRAD) using multilevel modeling. revealed significant person-level variation in attitude importance, extremity, and ambivalence across attitude objects. Study 1 found the personality variable of Need to Evaluate (NE) predicted extremity across attitude objects, and Finding Meaning in Life (ML) was predictive of importance across objects. Study 2 revealed that Neuroticism and State Anxiety were significant predictors of ambivalence across attitude objects. Finally, the NE, the Need for Cognition, and Openness to Experience each moderated the within-person relationship between extremity and ambivalence across objects, with higher values on the. Highlights: We examined personality as a predictor of strength-related attitude dimensions. Need to evaluate predicted attitude extremity across objects. Meaning in Life was related to attitude importance across objects. Neuroticism and state anxiety predicted ambivalence across objects. The ambivalence-extremity relationship was stronger for certain personality types.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2011.07.006

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