Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (82 p.)
Symbolism (Psychology), Semantic differential technique
The present research was conducted in order to develop a method useful for measuring the meaning of symbolic material. Using this method an investigation was conducted to test the validity of several personality theories which ascribe meanings to select symbols.
A summary of the major personality theories dealing with symbolic material was conducted . Each theory was briefly presented with a discussion of the methods employed to determine the meanings of symbols. A set of symbol theory considerations was presented which would suggest the necessary components of an objective investigation attempting to be a validity test of symbol meanings predictions.
Willard, Stephen, "A Validity Study of Select Symbol-Referent Relationships Using Semantic Differential Ratings" (1976). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2592.