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Engagement with Beauty: Appreciating natural, artistic, and moral beauty


Diessner, R and Solom, RC and Frost, N and Parsons, L and Davidson, JA, Engagement with Beauty: Appreciating natural, artistic, and moral beauty, The Journal of Psychology, 142, (3) pp. 303-329. ISSN 0022-3980 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3200/JRLP.142.3.303-332


The Engagement With Beauty Scale (EBS), designed from the aesthetics of I. Kant (1790/1987), G. W. F. Hegel (ca. 1835/1993), and T. Aquinas (ca. 1260/1947) and the psychological work of J. Haidt (J. Haidt & D. Keltner, 2004), measures engagement with natural, artistic, and moral beauty. In Studies 1 and 2, the authors describe scale construction, exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, internal consistency, and temporal stability. In Studies 1 and 2, the authors also establish concurrent validity with the Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence subscale of the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (C. Peterson & M. E. P. Seligman, 2004), the Gratitude, Resentment, and Appreciation Test (P. C. Watkins, K. Woodward, T. Stone, & R. L. Kolts, 2003), and the Spiritual Transcendence Scale (R. L. Piedmont, 2004). In Study 3, the authors used the EBS Artistic Beauty subscale to differentiate students engaged in the arts from those who were not. Copyright © 2008 Heldref Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Personality and individual differences
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Davidson, JA (Dr John Davidson)
ID Code:52444
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:91
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2008-07-15
Last Modified:2015-02-06

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