Angels and demons are still among us: further validation of the belief in pure evil and belief in pure good scales

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dc.contributor.author Webster, Russell J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-01T13:43:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-01T13:43:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14112
dc.description.abstract Three studies were conducted to further validate the belief in pure evil (BPE) and belief in pure good (BPG) scales (Webster & Saucier, 2012). Study 1 assessed the relationships between BPE, BPG, and sociopolitical ideology, while Study 2 assessed the relationships between BPE, BPG, and various forms of religiosity. Study 1 and Study 2 also tested whether BPE and BPG predicted aggression and helping via support for relevant foreign (Study 1) or domestic (Study 2) policy issues above and beyond sociopolitical attitudes and religiosity, respectively. Study 3 tested whether BPE and BPG predicted evaluations of a prototypically (vs. non-prototypically) evil perpetrator and a prototypically (vs. non-prototypically) good apprehender. Together, these three studies showed that BPE consistently related to greater aggression and less helping, while greater BPG consistently related to less aggression and more helping, while demonstrating convergence but not redundancy with variables known to justify/suppress aggression or helping. In sum, these studies further demonstrate the reliability and validity of the BPE and BPG scales as well as provide solid groundwork for future correlational and experimental research on these constructs. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Pure evil en_US
dc.subject Pure good en_US
dc.subject Attributions en_US
dc.subject Aggression en_US
dc.subject Antisociality en_US
dc.subject Prosociality en_US
dc.title Angels and demons are still among us: further validation of the belief in pure evil and belief in pure good scales en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.description.advisor Donald A. Saucier en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology (0621) en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology, Behavioral (0384) en_US
dc.subject.umi Social Psychology (0451) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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