The Resistance to Change-Beliefs Scale: Validation of a New Measure of Conservative Ideology
The motivated social cognition (MSC) model of conservative ideology posits there are two core facets of conservative political ideology—endorsement of hierarchies and resistance to change. The present research tested the validity and reliability of a scale developed to measure resistance to change. Five studies support the validity, reliability, and factor structure of the Resistance to Change-Beliefs (RC-B) scale. Scores on the RC-B scale correlated with social and cognitive motivations as well as self-identified conservatism. RC-B also predicted more conservative stances on political issues and factor analyses supported the predicted internal structure of the RC-B scale. This provides the field with a validated instrument that avoids problems inherent in previous measures, can be used to test predictions from the MSC model, and has potential applications beyond political psychology.
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
White, Katherine R.G.; Kinney, Dakota; Danek, Rose H.; and Harben, Charles, "The Resistance to Change-Beliefs Scale: Validation of a New Measure of Conservative Ideology" (2019). Faculty Publications. 4306.