Psychological reactance: Factor structure and internal consistency of the Questionnaire for the Measurement of Psychological Reactance

Citation
Aj. Donnell et al., Psychological reactance: Factor structure and internal consistency of the Questionnaire for the Measurement of Psychological Reactance, J SOC PSYCH, 141(5), 2001, pp. 679-687
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0022-4545 → ACNP
Volume
141
Issue
5
Year of publication
2001
Pages
679 - 687
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-4545(200110)141:5<679:PRFSAI>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Psychological reactance, the theory that people resist attempts to constrai n either their thoughts or their behaviors (J. W. Brehm, 1966), has been an influential concept in social psychology. In an attempt to measure reactan ce, J. Merz (1983) developed the Questionnaire for the Measurement of Psych ological Reactance (QMPR). Subsequent researchers (S.-M. Hong & R. Ostini, 1989; R. K. Tucker & P. Y. Byers, 1987) have debated both the exact factor structure and the psychometric stability of the QMPR. In the present study, 898 undergraduates completed the QMPR. Factor analysis suggested that psyc hological reactance is multidimensional. The authors found 3 factors underl ying the QMPR, but the QMPR provided unreliable estimates for each of those factors. According to the results, the QMPR as currently written is psycho metrically unsatisfactory.