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2017 Vol. 10 Issue 52

Chertkova Y.D., Egorova M.S., Fominykh A.Ya. Alekseeva O.S. Authoritarianism in personality traits structure

Full text in Russian: Черткова Ю.Д., Егорова М.С., Фоминых А.Я., Алексеева О.С. Авторитарность в структуре личностных черт

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Psychological Institute, Moscow, Russia

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The relationship of authoritarianism and personality traits was examined on a sample of 401 people (18–78 years (M = 26,58, SD = 12,91); 55,9 % – women). For the assessment of authoritarianism it was used a shortened questionnaire of right-wing authoritarianism of B.Altermeyer (RWA), adapted by the authors of the study. The questionnaire allows to measure three characteristics: authoritarian submission and aggression, conventionalism and general authoritarianism. For the assessment of dispositional personality traits there was used Russian version of the HEXACO-PI-R questionary, having 6 scales - Honesty / Humility, Emotionality, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience. Authoritarianism varies nonlinearly with age and reaches the highest score in the group 60+ years. Authoritarianism in men is higher than in women, the effect size (Cohen's d) is in the range of 0,30 and 0,43 for different characteristics. Authoritarianism is associated with the position of the respondent in the parents family: single children have a lower authoritarianism than those who have siblings. However, neither the number of children in the family nor birth order are related with authoritarianism. The analysis of the relationship of authoritarianism and dispositional personality traits shows that the authoritarian submission and aggression have significant relationships with low Openness to experience (r = –0,25), low Emotionality (r = –0,22), Extraversion (r = 0,23), Agreeableness, (r = 0,19) and Conscientiousness (r =0,13); conventionalism  - with Consciousness (r = 0,24), Extraversion (r = 0,18) and the Honesty / Humility (r = 0,12).

Keywords: authoritarianism, authoritarian submission, aggression, conventionalism, personality traits, HEXACO


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities, project 15-06-10847a.


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Received 3 November 2016. Date of publication: 30 April 2017.

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Chertkova Yulia D. Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Egorova Marina S. Ph.D., Head of Department of Behavioral Genetics, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Fominykh Anna Ya. Junior Research Associate, Psychological Institute, ul. Mokhovaya, 9–4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Alekseeva Olga S. Research Associate, Psychological Institute,  ul. Mokhovaya, 9–4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Chertkova Y.D., Egorova M.S., Fominykh A.Ya. Alekseeva O.S. Authoritarianism in personality traits structure. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 52, p. 11. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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