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Polezhaeva E.A. The complexity and inhomogeneity of self-monitoring phenomenon. Part 1

Full text in Russian: Полежаева Е.А. Комплексность и негомогенность феномена самомониторинга. Часть 1
Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

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In spite of various data about the phenomenon of self-monitoring the conclusions concerning its homogeneity are rather controversial. The aim of our research was to examine qualitative and quantitative changes in self-monitoring while its level grows, to reveal whether it is necessary to consider few discrete classes of self-monitoring, and to determine the inner reasons of this inhomogeneity and discontinuity of the phenomenon. The changes in self-monitoring correlation relationship structure were investigated.
The sample included 433 males aged 16 to 26. The main results are the following. Self-monitoring is a unitary psychological phenomenon, but includes two main discrete classes (types) which differ qualitatively and quantitatively by the structure of correlation relationships with personality traits. These two classes also show inhomogeneity and discontinuity since the specific inter-correlations show nonlinear nature the relationships with self-monitoring. Thus four subclasses may be regarded. The nonlinear nature of self-monitoring relationships is due to different contributions of the main self-monitoring factors (“Public self-presentation” and “Focus on others”).
The results of quantitative and qualitative analysis of self-monitoring and other psychological characteristics relationships (MANOVA and specific cases analysis) are presented in the part 2 of the paper.

Keywords: constellations, self-monitoring, self-monitoring structure, factors of self-monitoring, classes and subclasses of self-monitoring, inhomogeneity of the self-monitoring phenomenon


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Accepted 4 April  2009. Date of publication: 26 June 2009.

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Polezhaeva Ekaterina A. M.Sci., Ph.D. Student, Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, ul. Mokhovaya, 9, str. 4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Polezhaeva, E. A. (2009). The complexity and inhomogeneity of self-monitoring phenomenon. Part 1. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 3(5). Retrieved from [in Russian, abstr. in English].

Polezhaeva, E. A. (2009). The complexity and inhomogeneity of self-monitoring phenomenon. Part 2. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 4(6). Retrieved from [in Russian, abstr. in English].

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Polezhaeva E.A. The complexity and inhomogeneity of self-monitoring phenomenon. Part 1 [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2009. N 3(5). URL: (date of access: [in Russian, abstr. in English]

Polezhaeva E.A. The complexity and inhomogeneity of self-monitoring phenomenon. Part 2 [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2009. N 4(6). URL: (date of access: [in Russian, abstr. in English]

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