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Implicit theories of a desire for fame

By John Maltby, Liza Day, David C. Giles, Raphael Gillett, Marianne Quick, Honey Langcaster-James and P. Alex Linley

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This paper was published as British Journal of Psychology, 2008, 99 (2), pp. 279-292. It is available from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bpsoc. Doi: 10.1348/000712607X226935Metadata only entryThe 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

Publisher: British Psychological Society
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1348/000712607X226935
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/7748
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