Individual differences in attitude consistency over time: The personal attitude stability scale

Individual differences in attitude consistency over time: The personal attitude stability scale

By
Nancy Xu, Pablo Briñol, Jeremy Gretton, Zakary Tormala, Derek Rucker, Richard Petty
Personality and Social Psychology Review.
2020

This research finds evidence for reliable individual differences in people’s perceived attitude stability that predicts the actual stability of their attitudes over time. Study 1 examines the reliability and factor structure of an 11-item Personal Attitude Stability Scale (PASS). Study 2 establishes test-retest reliability for the PASS over a five-week period. Studies 3a and 3b demonstrate the convergent and discriminant validity of the PASS in relation to relevant existing individual differences. Studies 4 and 5 show that the PASS predicts attitude stability following a delay period across several distinct topics. Across multiple attitude objects, for people with high (vs. low) scores on the PASS, time 1 attitudes were more predictive of their time 2 attitudes, indicative of greater attitudinal consistency over time. The final study also demonstrated that the PASS predicted attitude stability above and beyond other related scales.