An application of generalizability theory to the consistency-specificity problem: The transsituational consistency of behavioral persistence

Claudio Violato, Leroy D. Travis

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Abstract

We assessed the behavioral persistence of 65 elementary school children in five situations to explore further the consistency-specificity, or trait-situation, issue. We predicted that the cross-situational consistency of persistence would co-vary with gender, socioeconomic status, and intelligence. The data were analyzed within the context of generalizability theory, and some of our predictions were supported by the results. We contend that the consistency-specificity issue can be profitably studied by direct behavioral assessments within the context of generalizability theory. The implications of the findings for the consistency-specificity issue, and for personality assessment in general, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-407
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume122
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1988

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