Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The multidimensional structure and function of human values
by Hofmann, John G., IV, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2009, 321; 3389616
Abstract (Summary)

This study primarily investigated the relationships: (a) within and between Rokeach's Values Survey (RVS) and Schwartz' Portrait Values Questionnaire (PVQ) and (b) between Schwartz's PVQ and demographic variables. Students (N = 417) from two- and four-year universities between 18-25 years of age were selected to voluntary participate. Participants completed an online survey that was then examined using correlational, factor, and smallest space analysis. Significant and highly significant findings within and between the instruments as well as between Schwartz's PVQ and demographic variables: (a) validated Rokeach's and Schwartz's original findings, (b) suggested a remarkable similarity between the RVS and the PVQ, and (c) confirmed a number of correlations between values and demographic variables. A value system model combining evidence collected via inductive and deductive methods is offered. In short, the complex and multidimensional nature of the construct suggests that values have biological, psychological, and social components that contribute collectively to the understanding of what it means to be human.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hocevar, Dennis
Commitee: Hunt, Felicia, Stowe, Kathy
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education(Leadership)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational psychology, Developmental psychology, Sociology
Keywords: Portrait Values Questionnaire, Rokeach, Rokeach Value Survey, Schwartz, S. H., Value priority, Value systems, Values, World view
Publication Number: 3389616
ISBN: 9781109563528
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