Moderating effects of decision-making/information-processing job dimensions on test validities

Rhonda L. Gutenberg, Richard D. Arvey, Hobart G. Osburn, P. R. Jeanneret

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Analyzed selection test data from the General Aptitude Test Battery and job dimension data from the Position Analysis Questionnaire for 111 diverse jobs. Test validities were statistically corrected for restriction of range for each job and correlated with each of 3 information-processing/decision-making (IP/DM) job dimensions and 2 manually oriented job dimensions to determine possible moderating effects of these dimensions. Results show that the IP/DM dimensions generally moderated the validities of the general intelligence test, the verbal ability test, and the numerical test, with positive correlations being demonstrated, and the validities of the finger and manual dexterity tests, with negative correlations demonstrated. The manually oriented job dimensions did not, however, reveal any significant moderating effects. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for the validity generalization model extended by F. L. Schmidt and J. E. Hunter. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)602-608
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • decision making & information processing & physically oriented job dimensions, employment test validity, support for F. L. Schmidt & J. E. Hunter's validity generalization model


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