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Personal Need for Structure and Sociopolitical Activism: Individual Personality Variables as Predictive of Non-Normative Sociopolitical Participation

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The present research examined individual differences and how they may influence one to participate in sociopolitical activism or to abstain from such activities. The Occupy Wall Street Movement began on September 17th, 2011 and has received attention from major news outlets in the United States. The movement is unique in that it has been maintained and organized by use of popular social networking websites. This made the use of an internet-based survey an ideal way to collect data. Demographic information, general attitudes towards the Occupy Wall Street Movement and a personality measure (A Personal Need for Structure scale) were assessed with a 21-item survey. A Personal Need for Structure scale is a measure of personality developed by Thompson (1993), who was investigating team-building in multinational peace-keeping factions in Canada. It assesses people's preference for order and structure in their daily lives. The underlying assumption of the research is that those who have a lower Personal Need for Structure would be more likely to support and participate in the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The results indicated that there were significant correlations between particular personality survey items and support for the movement.

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Occupy, protest, civi engagment, youth, wall street
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McGee, Megan. "Personal Need for Structure and Sociopolitical Activism: Individual Personality Variables as Predictive of Non-Normative Sociopolitical Participation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel, Jul 04, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658302_index.html>

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McGee, M. , 2013-07-04 "Personal Need for Structure and Sociopolitical Activism: Individual Personality Variables as Predictive of Non-Normative Sociopolitical Participation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658302_index.html

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Abstract: The present research examined individual differences and how they may influence one to participate in sociopolitical activism or to abstain from such activities. The Occupy Wall Street Movement began on September 17th, 2011 and has received attention from major news outlets in the United States. The movement is unique in that it has been maintained and organized by use of popular social networking websites. This made the use of an internet-based survey an ideal way to collect data. Demographic information, general attitudes towards the Occupy Wall Street Movement and a personality measure (A Personal Need for Structure scale) were assessed with a 21-item survey. A Personal Need for Structure scale is a measure of personality developed by Thompson (1993), who was investigating team-building in multinational peace-keeping factions in Canada. It assesses people's preference for order and structure in their daily lives. The underlying assumption of the research is that those who have a lower Personal Need for Structure would be more likely to support and participate in the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The results indicated that there were significant correlations between particular personality survey items and support for the movement.


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