Title

Issues in assessing psychological characteristics at a distance: An introduction to the symposium

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the issues, methods, and constructs presented in the papers for the symposium Issues in Assessing Psychological Characteristics at a Distance. These papers share a substantive focus on the psychological characteristics of U.S. presidents and a common commitment to the use of "at-a-distance" assessment techniques. In this context, at-a-distance measures raise several substantive and methodological issues, including the connections between leaders and advisors, the value of public versus private rhetoric, and differences between spontaneous and prepared source material. The authors of the papers use two psychological constructs, the operational code and conceptual complexity, to investigate these issues and to illustrate the utility of at-a-distance methods for assessing psychological characteristics.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Political Psychology

First Page

511

Last Page

527

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