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Conceptualization and measurement of celebrity worship.
Celebrity worship has been conceptualized as having pathological and nonpathological forms. To avoid problems associated with item-level factor analysis, 'top-down purification' was used to test theExpand
Rethinking a Glass Ceiling in the Hospitality Industry
Despite well-publicized exceptions, women are the minority in the highest levels of executive leadership—a phenomenon traditionally attributed to workplace barriers collectively termed the glassExpand
Top-down purification of Tobacyk's Revised Paranormal Belief Scale
Using mostly undergraduate student data (N=560), factor analysis confirmed the existence of seven factors in Tobacyk’s Revised Paranormal Belief Scale (RPBS). However, this replication proved to beExpand
Personality and coping: a context for examining celebrity worship and mental health.
The adaptational-continuum model of personality and coping suggests a useful context for research areas that emphasize both personality and coping. The present paper used Ferguson's (2001) modelExpand
A Cognitive Profile of Individuals Who Tend to Worship Celebrities
Abstract Celebrity worship is a form of parasocial interaction in which individuals become obsessed with 1 or more celebrities, similar to an erotomanic type of delusional disorder. Drawing on theExpand
Thou shalt worship no other gods — unless they are celebrities: the relationship between celebrity worship and religious orientation
Abstract The Celebrity Attitude Scale, Quest Scale, and the Age-Universal I-E scale-12 were given to 307 British participants in an attempt to provide further psychometric validation of the formerExpand
Extreme celebrity worship, fantasy proneness and dissociation: Developing the measurement and understanding of celebrity worship within a clinical personality context
Two studies considered clinical personality correlates of celebrity worship. In Study 1, factor analysis of the Celebrity Attitude Scale suggested an improved measure of a three-dimensional model ofExpand
The Revised Transliminality Scale: Reliability and Validity Data From a Rasch Top-Down Purification Procedure
The concept of transliminality ("a hypothesized tendency for psychological material to cross thresholds into or out of consciousness") was anticipated by William James (1902/1982), but it was onlyExpand
Delusions of the paranormal: a haunting question of perception.
  • R. Lange, J. Houran
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of nervous and mental disease
  • 1 October 1998
The hypothesis that paranormal (poltergeist) experiences are delusions resulting from the affective and cognitive dynamics of percipients' interpretation of ambiguous stimuli was tested in twoExpand
The phenomenon of celebrity worship is currently conceptualized as an abnormal type of parasocial relationship, driven by absorption and addictive elements and which potentially has significantExpand