Dispositional need for cognitive closure and self-enhancing beliefs

TW Taris*

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In 3 studies, the author examined self-enhancing beliefs as a function of dispositional need for cognitive closure. The results of the Ist study revealed that fathers in the Netherlands believed that they devoted more time to their children than did average Dutch fathers; these beliefs were strongest for participants with a high need for closure. Results of Studies 2 and 3 replicated the findings in Study 1 in a controlled experimental context with approaches developed by S. T. Allison, D. M. Messick, and G. R. Goethals (1989) and by D. M. Messick, S. Bloom, J. P. Boldizar, and C. D. Samuelson (1985).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000




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