Delineating the Construct Network of the Personnel Reaction Blank: Associations With Externalizing Tendencies and Normal Personality

Daniel M. Blonigen, Christopher J. Patrick, Marianna Gasperi, Benjamin Steffen, Deniz S Ones, Richard D Arvey, Viviane de Oliveira Baumgartl, Elizabeth do Nascimento

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Abstract

Integrity testing has long been utilized in personnel selection to screen for tendencies toward counterproductive workplace behaviors. The construct of externalizing from the psychopathology literature represents a coherent spectrum marked by disinhibitory traits and behaviors. The present study drew on a sample of male and female undergraduates to examine the construct network of the Personnel Reaction Blank (PRB; H. G. Gough, R. D. Arvey, & P. Bradley, 2004), a measure of integrity, in relation to externalizing as well as normal-range personality constructs assessed by the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ; A. Tellegen & N. G. Waller, 2008). Results revealed moderate to strong associations between several PRB scales and externalizing, which were largely accounted for by MPQ traits subsumed by Negative Emotionality and Constraint. After accounting for MPQ traits in the prediction of externalizing, a modest predictive increment was achieved when adding the PRB scales, particularly biographical indicators from the Prosocial Background subscale. The findings highlight externalizing as a focal criterion for scale development in the integrity testing literature and help delineate the construct network of the PRB within the domains of personality and psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-30
Number of pages13
JournalPsychological assessment
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Externalizing
  • Integrity testing
  • Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire
  • Personality
  • Personnel Reaction Blank

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