Committee Chair

Biderman, Michael D.

Committee Member

O'Leary, Brian J.; Weathington, Bart L.

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

The goal of this study was to assess the efficacy of a newly developed "method factor" measure of faking to control for the effects of faking when personality tests are used to predict performance criteria. Traditional measures of faking, such as social desirability scales, have not been found to adequately control for faking. This study assessed the adequacy of the newly developed measure. When controlling for faking, as measured by the method factor, the validity of conscientiousness as a predictor of undergraduate GPA was larger. Additionally, the nature of the method factor across experimental conditions was investigated. The method factor was found to be positively correlated with self-esteem and negatively correlated with depression in an honest condition. It was positively correlated with cognitive ability in an instructed faking condition. However, no clear evidence identifying the faking factor was found in an incentive-to-fake condition.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2011

Subject

Personality assessment

Keyword

Faking; Method factor; Personality assessments

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Quantitative Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

x, 64 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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