*werner stangl: Personality and the structure of resource preferences *

Journal of Economic Psychology 14 (1993) 1-15.


The purpose of the current study is to explore relations between personality traits and individual preferences for resources. For measuring resource preferences a German version of the "Inventory of Wishes for Interpersonal Resources" (Persönliche Wunschvorstellungen - PW) was used which is based on Foa's taxonomy of resource classes. The test was administered to a stratified sample of 183 subjects. Four groups (clusters) of persons were found: Group A was characterized by preferences for love, status, and information (idealistic, particularistic), group B by high preferences for goods and money (materialistic, non-particularistic), group C by high preferences for status, love, and goods, and group D by high preferences for love and money. The cross validation of clustering (discriminant analysis) resulted in a correct classification of 86 percent, a number far greater than chance. Additional to the resource preference questionnaire a personality test was administered to the subjects, measuring sixteen first order personality factors and five second order factors. An overall MANOVA using personality factors as dependent variables and the four clusters as independent showed a significant main effect. By means of an ANOVA significant differences between the four clusters were found for nine personality factors, most of them between the clusters A and B. Further the results confirmed the hypothesis that the differences between the four clusters first of all could be explained by so-called interpersonal personality factors.



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