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Suggestion and suggestibility: A factor analysis


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The aim of this study was to examine the domains of suggestion and suggestibility using factor analytic methodologies. Previous investigations, all of which were carried-out between forty and sixty years ago, yield equivocal results. The present study used nine behavioral measures of suggestibility and hypothesized that three distinct factors would emerge. It was hypothesized that hypnosis, Chevreul pendulum, and body-sway would load on the first factor, the odor test, progressive weights, and placebo responsiveness on the second factor, and conformity, persuasibility, and interrogative suggestibility to load on the third factor. 110 college students participated in the study. Factor analyses failed to result in three factors, meaning our a priori hypothesis of three distinct factors had to be rejected. Furthermore, two and three-factor models were also rejected. Thus, no clearly delineated factor structure of suggestibility emerged, indicating that the domain of suggestibility seems to be neither a single attribute or trait, nor does it appear to consist of a related group of abilities. Implications of findings and areas for future research are discussed.

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Subject
Psychotherapy;
Social psychology;
Personality
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0451: Social psychology
0625: Personality
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Hypnosis; Suggestibility; Suggestion
Title
Suggestion and suggestibility: A factor analysis
Author
Tasso, Anthony F.
Number of pages
79
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0226
Source
DAI-B 65/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496068654, 0496068652
Advisor
Nash, Michael R.
University/institution
The University of Tennessee
University location
United States -- Tennessee
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3148309
ProQuest document ID
305124780
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305124780
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