PSYCH  Vol.6 No.16 , December 2015
Personality, Emotional and Self-Assessed Intelligence and Right Wing Authoritarianism
Author(s) Adrian Furnham
Two studies examined correlates of right-wing authoritarianism (RWA). In the first study (N = 260), lower self-assessments of intelligence were associated with higher RWA scores. In the second study (N = 328), personality traits and emotional intelligence but not self-assessed intelligence were related to RWA beliefs. Higher RWA scorers tended to be Closed-to-Experience, Conscientious, and Neurotics with higher trait emotional intelligence. Together these accounted for 20% of the variance.

Cite this paper
Furnham, A. (2015) Personality, Emotional and Self-Assessed Intelligence and Right Wing Authoritarianism. Psychology, 6, 2113-2118. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.616207.
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