Manifest values of eminent psychologists: A content analysis of their obituaries

Richard Kinnier, Arlene T. Metha, Lydia P. Buki, Patrick M. Rawa

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Obituaries published in the American Psychologist (from January 1979 to December 1990, N=161) were content analyzed to create a modal demographic profile of the deceased and a ranking of the most frequently occurring value themes. Virtually all of the eminent psychologists were highly productive academicians and researchers. Typically, they were also actively involved in other professional arenas (e.g., administration, service). The majority were male (87%), white (99%), and born in the United States (86%). Ninety-seven percent had obtained Ph.D.'s, most frequently from Columbia University (16%), Harvard (11%), and Chicago (6%). Median age at death was 76. The most frequently occurring value themes written about the deceased were that they were independent-minded (67%), a good friend (61%), hard-working (53%), a good teacher/mentor (51%), and a beloved family member (35%). The implications of these data are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-94
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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