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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


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Features of Perception of Modern Russian Political Leaders in University Students (A Psychosemantic Research) 1535


Sobkin V.S.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Head of the Center for Sociology of Education,, Institute of Education Management, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

Mnatsakanyan М.А.
Junior Research Fellow, Centre of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education Management of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

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.

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

Column: Experimental Research


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