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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Umscheid, Joan M.
URN etd-06102012-040334
Title An analysis of the relationship between clothing conformity and personality type in a selected group of adult males
Degree Master of Science
Department Clothing and Textiles
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gurel, Lois M. Committee Chair
Blieszner, Rosemary Committee Member
Lichtman, Marilyn V. Committee Member
Purdy, Rita S. Committee Member
Sporakowski, Michael J. Committee Member
  • Social values
Date of Defense 1988-05-05
Availability restricted
The purpose of this study was to investigate the

relationships between clothing conformity and personality

type according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),

of a selected group of adult males. Past research indicated

that the MBTI had been used in relation to many

characteristics such, as creativity, management style, and

conformity. Clothing conformity had been investigated in

relation to group membership and self-esteem. The

researcher was unable to find any research done prior to

this study in which clothing conformity and the MBTI had

been used to study the relationship between personality type

and clothing conformity.

The sample consisted of 83 fraternity men from four

Greek organizations at Georgia State University. Each respondent

filled out the MBTI questionnaire, a clothing

conformity scale, and a demographic form.

A two to the fourth factorial ANOVA was used to analyze

the relationships between clothing conformity scores and

various personality types. The results indicated a

significant difference in clothing conformity between extraverted and introverted personality types, with

extraverts being more conforming than introverts. It also

indicated a tendency for judging types to be more conforming

than perceiving types. Although not statistically

significant, the analysis showed some interaction effect

between the extraversion-introversion and the thinking feeling

dimensions on clothing conformity. The conclusions

from this research are that the extraverts are more

conforming in their clothing behavior than introverts, that

judging personality types tend to be more conforming than

perceiving types, and that the interaction between

extraversion-introversion and thinking-feeling shows a

tendency for the dependency of one dimension on the other.

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