Committee Chair

Biderman, Michael D.

Committee Member

Cunningham, Christopher J. L.; Rogers, Katherine H.

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

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.

Acknowledgments

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.

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

5-2017

Subject

Psychological tests -- Evaluation; Personality assessment

Keyword

Personality; Variability; Response inconsistency

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

viii, 41 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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