Features of Perception of Modern Russian Political Leaders in University Students (A Psychosemantic Research)

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Abstract

The paper presents outcomes of a research on features of perception of modern Russian political leaders in young people. A technique of multidimensional semantic differential was employed: the subjects were asked to assess 15 objects (political leaders, 'my ideal', 'ideal leader', 'antipathetic person' and 'Myself') according to 33 personality traits using a seven-point scale. The outcomes suggest that the structure of the students' perception of political leaders is quite simple and is based on three modalities: 'morality', 'power' and 'intelligence'. Comparing these outcomes with the research data obtained in 2004 using the same technique allowed the authors to conclude that the students do not assess modern political leaders according to the moral qualities of the latter, but rather perceive them through the qualities of power associated with social manipulation.

General Information

Keywords: political leaders, leadership, semantic differential, social psychology, political psychology, students

Journal rubric: Experimental Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/sps.2015060304

For citation: Sobkin V.S., Mnatsakanyan M.A. Features of Perception of Modern Russian Political Leaders in University Students (A Psychosemantic Research) . Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2015. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 46–63. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2015060304. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Vladimir S. Sobkin, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Head of the Center for Sociology of Education, Institute of Education Management, Center for Modern Problems of Modern Education at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2339-9080, e-mail: sobkin@mail.ru

Milena A. Mnatsakanyan, Junior Research Fellow, Centre of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education Management of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: 0040000@inbox.ru

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