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Motivation and Personality
Handbook of Thematic Content Analysis

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  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521089739

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  • Motivation and Personality is the first book to be devoted primarily to content analysis systems for assessment of characteristics of the individuals, groups, or historical periods that create verbal materials. Part I discusses general issues including the merits of content analysis and its relation to other contemporary methods of motivation and personality assessment, the determinants of thematic apperception and the use of thematic methods in survey research and for the analysis of archival and naturally-occurring verbal materials. Part II presents 14 different coding manuals, each with an introductory chapter, and Part III deals with methodological considerations and materials for learning how to obtain and code verbal materials. The volume will serve as a handbook for researchers who wish to use content analytic methods for research in personology, experimental psychology, or social science, and also as a reference work providing information about content analytic measures of motives for achievement, affiliation, intimacy, and power, as well as measures of personal causation, conceptual complexity, uncertainty orientation, explanatory style, psychological stances toward the environment, self-definition, and responsibility. The various systems, research regarding the background of the systems, and practice materials are included to create a book that is both reference and handbook.

    • First comprehensive book on thematic analysis which includes pictures and analyses
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    "...will further entrench thematic approaches in psychological research for years to come...indispenable addition to the library of personality researchers and clinicians." Richard M. Ryan and T. Cameron Wild, Contemprary Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521089739
    • length: 728 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.05kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: inferences from verbal material
    Part I. General Issues:
    2. Motivational determinants of thematic apperception
    3. How do self-attributed and implicit motives differ?
    4. Thematic analysis, experience sampling, and personal goals
    5. Motivational configurations
    6. Thematic apperceptive methods in survey research
    7. Content analysis of archival materials, personal documents, and everyday verbal productions
    8. Reliability issues
    Part II. Content Analysis Systems:
    9. The achievement motive
    10. A scoring manual for the achievement motive
    11. The motive to avoid success
    12. A revised scoring manual for the motive to avoid success
    Part III. Afflilation:
    13. The affiliation motive
    14. A scoring manual for the affiliation motive
    15. The intimacy motive
    16. The intimacy motivation scoring system
    17. Affiliative trust-mistrust
    18. A scoring system for affiliative trust-mistrust
    Part IV. Power:
    19. Power motivation
    20. A scoring manual for the power motive
    21. Power motivation revisited
    22. A revised scoring system for the power motive
    Part V. Attribution and Cognitive Orientations:
    23. Personal causation and the origin concept
    24. The origin scoring system
    25. Explanatory style
    26. The explanatory style scoring manual
    27. Conceptual/integrative complexity
    28. The conceptual/integrative complexity scoring manual
    29. Uncertainty orientation
    30. A manual for scoring need for uncertainty
    Part VI. Psychosocial Orientations:
    31. Assessing adaptation to life changes in terms of psychological stances toward the environment
    32. Scoring manual for psychological stances toward the environment
    33. Self-definition and social definition: personal styles reflected in narrative style
    34. Revised scoring manual for self-definition and social definition
    35. Responsibility
    36. Scoring system for responsibility
    Part VII. Methodology, Scorer Training, Data Collection:
    37. Methodological consideration: steps in research employing content analysis systems

  • Editor

    Charles P. Smith, City University of New York

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