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Title: Implicit theories of a desire for fame
Authors: Maltby, John
Day, Liza
Giles, David C.
Gillett, Raphael
Quick, Marianne
Langcaster-James, Honey
Linley, P. Alex
First Published: May-2008
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Citation: British Journal of Psychology, 2008, 99 (2), pp. 279-292.
Abstract: The aim of the present studies was to generate implicit theories of a desire for fame among the general population. In Study 1, we were able to develop a nine-factor analytic model of conceptions of the desire to be famous that initially comprised nine separate factors; ambition, meaning derived through comparison with others, psychologically vulnerable, attention seeking, conceitedness, social access, altruistic, positive affect, and glamour. Analysis that sought to examine replicability among these factors suggested that three factors (altruistic, positive affect, and glamour) neither display factor congruence nor display adequate internal reliability. A second study examined the validity of these factors in predicting profiles of individuals who may desire fame. The findings from this study suggested that two of the nine factors (positive affect and altruism) could not be considered strong factors within the model. Overall, the findings suggest that implicit theories of a desire for fame comprise six factors. The discussion focuses on how an implicit model of a desire for fame might progress into formal theories of a desire for fame.
ISSN: 0007-1269
Type: Article
Description: This paper was published as British Journal of Psychology, 2008, 99 (2), pp. 279-292. It is available from Doi: 10.1348/000712607X226935
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