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The scale was an early attempt to measure pure authoritarianism, whether left or right. The intended purpose of the scale was to measure "closed mindedness" without regard to ideology. Nevertheless, researchers found that it correlated with political conservatism. However, the construct validity of the instrument has more recently been found to be dubious by experts in the field of psychometrics, who determined that Rokeach's Dogmatism Scale is ideologically biased. An updated instrument for measuring the construct of dogmatism has since been developed by Robert Altemeyer. The scores obtained from the use of this instrument, named the DOG Scale, have been found to possess greater validity and reliability than those obtained by the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale.
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- Crowson, H. M., DeBacker, T. K., & Davis, K. A. (2008). The DOG Scale: A valid measure of dogmatism?. Journal of Individual Differences, 29(1), 17-24.