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Article

Individual differences in attitudes towards uncertainty: evidence for multiple latent profiles

Psychology in Russia: State of the Art. 2013. Vol. 6. No. 4. P. 94-108.
Chumakova M., Kornilov S.

This paper presents the results of an empirical study investigating individual differences in tolerance and intolerance for uncertainty, using a multidimensional approach. We hypothesized that individual differences in attitudes towards uncertainty are rooted in expectations regarding different sources and subjective evaluations of uncertainty. The results of structural equation modeling and latent profile analysis largely supported these hypotheses. Importantly, latent profile analysis identified four distinct profiles of atti- tudes towards uncertainty that represented, in addition to classically understood toler- ance and intolerance for uncertainty, intolerance for uncertainty with respect to different sources of uncertainty (environment vs. personal relationships).