Authoritarianism and creativity : the relationship in a New Zealand population of parents and children (10-16 years) : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Education at Massey University
The present report documented an empirical investigation which aimed to investigate the extent of any relationship between authoritarianism in parents and creativity attainment in their children under the general hypothesis: "That high authoritarian levels in parents would be associated with low creativity attainment in their children." The study addressed the construct relationship within a New Zealand population of children (10 - 16 years) attending two private schools situated in a multi-cultural metropolitan area. Statistical analyses showed a low magnitude relationship in the hypothesized direction, particularly between mother dogmatism and daughter creativity, although no statistically significant result was obtained. A rationale was established from the literature supporting the notion that creativity levels were dependent to an extent on social environmental influences. The specific results of the study were discussed and implications were advanced.