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Title: An interest in fame: confirming the measurement and empirical conceptualization of fame interest.
Authors: Maltby, J
First Published: Aug-2010
Citation: BR J PSYCHOL, 2010, 101 (Pt 3), pp. 411-432
Abstract: The following paper introduces and develops the conceptualization of Fame Interest. Study 1 (N=1,978), through the use of factor analysis techniques, introduces the Fame Interest Scale which comprises six dimensions of Fame Interest (intensity, vulnerability, celebrity life-style, drive, perceived suitability, and altruistic) with evidence for the reliability and validity of the scale. Study 2 (N=376) examined the relationship between an interest in fame and measures of the five-factor model of personality, narcissism, self-esteem, curiosity, attachment style and perceived family, and peer and media influence. From this second study four findings emerge; (1) Fame Interest typified by a perceived suitability and intensity for a celebrity life-style was associated with perceived family, peer and media influence, (2) Fame Interest that arises from a vulnerability is a reflection of neuroticism, low self-esteem, and problematic attachments, (3) Fame Interest for altruistic reasons is associated with agreeableness, and (4) Fame Interest that reflects an overall drive is associated with conscientiousness.
DOI Link: 10.1348/000712609X466568
ISSN: 0007-1269
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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