Re: Abstractness in constructs

Tim A. Connor (
Mon, 3 Apr 1995 21:58:27 -0700 (PDT)


Steve Duck used an approach sort of like what you seem to be describing in
some of his studies of friendship formation, though I don't recall that he
provided much of a theoretical rationale for distinguishing between
various categories of constructs (he was mainly concerned with whether
people would come to use more psychological constructs about each other as
they got to know each other better). Anyway, see PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Good luck,

Tim Connor

On Mon, 3 Apr 1995, Lynn Diana Benson wrote:

> Hi there,
> I am looking for help once again. A part of my current research
> project involves content analysing constructs. I am basing my technique
> on work carried out in the 1970s by Peter Honey (written up in an EPCA
> newsletter sometime last year). In addition to this straight content
> analysis I am interested in looking at the level of abstractness present
> in the constructs. An article by Applegate published in 1990 discusses
> the 'quality' of words used within constructs. Those said to be
> non-abstract represent behaviour or role, while abstract words represent
> psychological or dispositional features.
> Has anyone used such a measure as a part of a content analysis? Or, does
> anyone know of any other useful references?
> Regards,
> Lynn Benson