Towards an understanding of integrity test similarities and differences: An item-level analysis of seven tests

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Abstract

A judgmental sort of 798 items from 7 paper-and-pencil integrity tests produced 23 thematic composites. Patterns of correlations between these composites and the 7 integrity measures and 2 Big Five measures shed light on similarities and differences between different integrity tests. Principal components analysis of 23 composites indicated 4 principal components that further illuminate the content domain of integrity tests. The relationships between 4 integrity principal components and integrity test scores as well as measures of the Big Five dimensions of personality are reported. The findings suggest that integrity tests can differ in their emphasis on various thematic composites, and, yet, be very similar in terms of their standing on the 4 integrity principal components. Different integrity tests can be quite different in terms of surface content, and, yet, assess the same underlying constructs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)873-894
Number of pages22
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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