Authoritarianism and its relation to creativity: A comparative study among students of design, behavioral sciences and law

  • Rubinstein G
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Abstract

The current study attempts to enhance the body of knowledge in the field of authoritarianism, creativity, and career choice in three ways: (1) investigating the relation between authoritarianism and creativity, (2) including law and design students, and (3) examining the relation between creativity and career choice. One hundred and eleven undergraduate students studying design, behavioral sciences, and law, who filled out Altemeyer's (1988) Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) Scale, Tel-Aviv Creativity Test (TACT) (Milgram, Milgram, & Landau, 1974) and a demographic questionnaire, participated in the study. The Design students were significantly more creative and less authoritarian than both the Behavioral Sciences and the Law students. The results are discussed in the context of the role these two personality variables play in choosing a field of study. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Authoritarianism
  • Career choice
  • Creativity

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  • Gidi Rubinstein

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