Biderman, Michael D.
Cunningham, Christopher J. L.; Rogers, Katherine H.
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Personality measures are currently a popular method for selection in the business world, despite issues such as poor predictive ability and the potential for output manipulation by participants. Another issue with personality testing that is often overlooked is that individuals sometimes respond differently on test items that otherwise measure the same traits. This phenomenon has been called Response Inconsistency (Reddock, Biderman, & Nguyen, 2011). The focus of this study is to attempt to show the phenomenon as a measurable trait that is stable over time. The study administered two different Big Five Inventories to participants taken from a local university. The two inventories were administered at different dates. Inconsistency measured as the mean standard deviation of responses within domains was computed and then correlated across the two time periods to determine reliability of the inconsistency measure. High correlations supported the hypothesis that response inconsistency is stable across time.
Special thanks to my thesis chair Dr. Biderman for providing me with everything I needed to make it through this trying time. Thanks to my committee members Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Rogers for advising me throughout the thesis process and laughing at my jokes. Additional thanks to Dr. O’Leary for assisting with political issues.
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.
Psychological tests -- Evaluation; Personality assessment
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
viii, 41 leaves
Nauert, James A., "Stable inconsistency: a study of response inconsistency over time" (2017). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.