Behavioral implications of adaption-innovation: II. Adaption-innovation and motivation for uniqueness

Nicholas F. Skinner1
1King's College, Ontario, Canada
Cite this article:  Skinner, N. F. (1996). Behavioral implications of adaption-innovation: II. Adaption-innovation and motivation for uniqueness. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 24(3), 231-234.

Volume 24 Issue 3 | e841 | Published: August 1996 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1996.24.3.231

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The heuristic similarity between innovativeness and uniqueness motivation was investigated. Fifty-eight male and 107 female first-year undergraduates completed the Need for Uniqueness Scale (NUS; Snyder and Fromkin, 1980) and Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI; Kirton, 1976). As predicted, Innovators obtained significantly higher scores on uniqueness motivation than did Adaptors (p < .001),
and Need for Uniqueness correlated substantially with Innovation (r = 0.55). These findings provide support for the hypothesis that uniqueness-seeking may simply be a manifestation of extreme
innovativeness rather than an independent dimension of personality.


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