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Predicting interrogative suggestibility: The utility of measuring self-esteem and self-monitoring

By Stella Anne Bain


The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.Previous research has demonstrated that levels of both self-esteem and self-monitoring affect scores obtained on the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales (GSS); high self-monitoring and low self-esteem appear to result in similar patterns of scores. However, it is not clear whether this similar behavioural response reflects similarities in the constructs of self-monitoring and self-esteem, or whether these constructs are independent of each other. The aim of the present study was to examine the extent to which the scores on measures of self-esteem and self-monitoring predicted scores on the GSS. The study further aimed to examine whether the two variables might interact to better predict GSS scores. One-hundred and one participants were tested on the GSS and completed measures of self-esteem and self-monitoring. Data were analysed by hierarchical multiple regression. Neither variable predicted a significant amount of the variance in GSS scores, nor were there any significant interaction effects. In contrast to previous findings, it is concluded that neither variable is useful in predicting patterns of interrogative suggestibility. The results are discussed in terms of both their theoretical and applied implications.University of Leiceste

Year: 2010
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