A multitrait-multimethod comparison of job reinforcer ratings of supervisors and supervisees

Howard E A Tinsley, David J Weiss

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The Minnesota Job Description Questionnaire was completed by 338 supervisors of nine jobs and 381 of their supervisees. The resulting Occupational Reinforcer Patterns (ORPs) were compared by correlational analysis and analysis of variance. ORPs from both groups had high split-group reliabilities. Strong support was obtained for the convergent and divergent validity of the civil engineer, elementary teacher, and radiologic technologist ORPs. Moderate support was demonstrated for the validity of the social caseworker, bank teller, automobile salesman, and salesman-driver ORPs, while the waiter-waitress and truck driver ORPs were found to be of questionable validity. The data suggest that supervisors and supervisees generally perceive reinforcer characteristics similarly, although the two groups of raters tended to disagree on the extrinsic reinforcers and on the reinforcer characteristics of lower level occupations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-299
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1971

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Funding Information:
‘This study was supported in part by Research Grant RD-1613-G from the Social and Rehabilitation Service, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Requests for reprints should be sent to the Work Adjustment Project, 447 B. A. Building, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455.


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