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Does influence beget autonomy? Clarifying the relationship between social and personal power

Leach, Stefan, Weick, Mario, Lammers, Joris (2017) Does influence beget autonomy? Clarifying the relationship between social and personal power. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 1 (1). pp. 5-14. ISSN 2475-0387. (doi:10.1002/jts5.5) (KAR id:61676)

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We iteratively develop and test a model to clarify the relationship between both high and low levels of social (influence) and personal (autonomy) power. A meta-analysis synthesising primary data (n = 298) and secondary data (n = 498) found that impaired personal power coincided with impaired social power, but not vice versa. Unexpectedly, elevated social power did not coincide with elevated personal power, suggesting that the association between influence and autonomy attenuates with increasing levels of power. Predictions arising from the meta-analysis and our revised theoretical model were supported in a subsequent study (n = 266). We discuss implications of these findings and avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/jts5.5
Uncontrolled keywords: power, influence, autonomy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Mario Weick
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 20:30 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:45 UTC
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