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Title:The impact of item characteristics on contextualized personality assessment
Author(s):Seiler, Stephanie
Director of Research:Drasgow, Fritz
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Newman, Daniel A.; Roberts, Brent W.; Rounds, James; Chang, Hua-Hua
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
personality assessment
contextualized personality
frame-of-reference effects
industrial and organizational psychology
item response theory
Abstract:This dissertation examines the extent to which personality items that were developed to describe personality in general are adequate descriptors of personality within a specific context. This research provides for a deeper understanding of contextualized personality assessment by examining the effects of item context specificity and perceived context relevance on the measurement properties of Big Five Conscientiousness facets within the contexts of work and school. Results indicate that an item’s discrimination is related to its perceived context relevance and its level of context specificity. Implications for the improved measurement of personality are discussed.
Issue Date:2012-02-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Stephanie Seiler
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-02-06
Date Deposited:2011-12

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