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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Yana-mariya Pristli
Relationship Between Personality Traits, Social Relationships and Political Attitudes
Applied Social Psychology
(Master’s programme)
2017
The factors of political attitudes formation and its’ eventual change is not a novel problem, but a vibrant one – the development of statistical methods allows to access the diversity of data types and attempt to untangle new complex research problems. Social network analysis provided political science with the possibility to consider social relationships and its structure in the investigation of various topics – political mobilization, protest movements, electoral behavior, political attitudes formation, etc.

Among the factors of political attitudes formation, the usually considered one is personality traits, however, the results were controversial. Incorporation of social networks into political studies is also a sustainable practice. Also, personality features were repeatedly found to be associated with a variety of network parameters.

In the present study we are interested in the differential impact of network parameters on political attitudes with control for personality traits. We implement Structural Equation Modeling for latent variables for deep investigation of this triangle of associations. Personality traits are reflected by the Big-5 model and social relationships are measured as social networks of contacts between individuals. We use Mehrabian’s (1996) scale of Libertarianism-Totalitarianism to avoid the discrepancy of interpreting of liberal and conservative labels by the Russian sample.

Keywords: personality traits, political attitudes, libertarianism, totalitarianism, social network analysis, structural equation modeling

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