Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (55 p.)
Power (Social sciences) -- Research, Scale analysis (Psychology)
The main purpose of this study is to analyze a measurement instrument developed by Frost & Stahelski (1988) to measure French & Raven's (1959) bases of social power. The measurement instrument of a competing typology of social influence tactics (Kipnis, Schmidt, & Wilkinson, 1980) was also administered to the same managerial population (N=108). Confirmatory factor analyses using LISREL (Joreskog & Sorbom, 1986) were performed on each scale. Possible relationships between the two typologies were explored. Results include confirming a modified Frost & Stahelski scale and no confirmation of the Kipnis et al. scale. Canonical correlation yielded two dimensions where Coercive Power and Expert Power relate to Assertiveness and Rationality respectively. Exploratory factor analysis of the composite scores from both typologies yielded two factors called Positive Power and Negative Power. Implications and future research are briefly discussed.
Criqui, Joseph E., "A confirmatory factor analysis of two competing social power measurement systems" (1990). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4168.