Measuring Optimistic Bias

Chris Fife-Schaw, Julie Barnett

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This chapter provides a detailed description of the ways in which optimistic bias may be measured. In illustrating how complex concepts such as optimistic bias require careful analysis of implications of different data-recording approaches, the chapter emphasizes the intimate links between the conceptualization of a theoretical construct and the way it is measured. The practical exercise included in the chapter entails an experimental research design. The authors provide instructions on the SPSS analysis to be used with the data generated. The exercise and statistical approach is most appropriate for advanced students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing Social Psychology Research
EditorsGlynis M.Breakwell
PublisherBritish Psychological Society
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780470776278
ISBN (Print)1405108118, 9781405108119
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Classmates
  • Individual responses
  • Northridge earthquake
  • Questionnaires
  • Unrealistic optimism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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