The present report is part of a larger study in which punitiveness of grade school children was found to be related to certain facets of what is commonly called the authoritarian personality. Punitiveness was measured by means of hypothetical situations involving transgressions by children. The subject is asked to prescribe the proper action to be taken against the transgressor by adults or peers involved. The test consists of 28 such problem situations each having six possible choices of action of which three are classed as punitive and three non-punitive. Punitive action includes physical and verbal punishments, coercion, and deprivation.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1954 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Lyle, William H. Jr. and Levitt, Eugene E.
"Situation Differences in Punitiveness of Iowa School Children,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 61(1), 378-381.
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