Breeden: The Effects of Perspective, Humility, Locus of Control, and Social Desirability on Perception of Accolade Courage in Male Student and Military Populations

Title: Call it Courage: The Effects of Perspective, Humility, Locus of Control, and Social Desirability on Perception of Accolade Courage in Male Student and Military Populations
Chair: Dr. Cindy Pury
Committee: Dr. Charles Starkey, Dr. Patrick Rosopa
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 12:30 pm
Place: Brackett 419
Abstract: Courage – despite millennia of contemplation – is only now seeing efforts at empirical study and definition. Recent studies have attempted to break down the component parts of courage, but do not address why courage appears to only be bestowed on others and rarely to oneself: a phenomenon known as courage blindness (Biswas-Deiner, in press). This paper examines the relationship between men’s own perceptions of and their assessment of courage, in order to better understand how individuals attribute courage to themselves and how they attribute it to others. Multiple ANOVAs were conducted for scenario courage ratings based on attribution perspective, military involvement, courage type, risk level, and nobility level; correlations with humility, locus of control and social desirability were also conducted. Results showed increased courage ratings when reporting for others rather than self, and lower ratings by military servicemen as compared to civilians. This indicates support for a courage blindness effect as well as a professional attitude separating military and civilian perceptions of courage.

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