Title page for ETD etd-052799-154224

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author LeBreton, Daniel Lawrence
Author's Email Address dlebreto@vt.edu
URN etd-052799-154224
Title An Investigation of Behavioral Accuracy and Leniency: The Roles of Aberrant Self-Promotion, Accountability, and Opportunity for Personal Recognition
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gustafson, Sigrid B. Committee Chair
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Member
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Member
  • aberrant self-promotion
  • accountability
  • performance appraisal
  • destructive personality
  • organizational destructiveness
Date of Defense 1999-03-15
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A sample of aberrant self-promoters (ASPs) was identified through their pattern of answers on a 179-item questionnaire. A group of comparison participants who did not exhibit the ASP pattern was also identified. The participants viewed a videotape of a lecture and rated the lecturer's performance. Half of the participants were told that they were required to provide face-to-face feedback to the lecturer (the accountability condition); the other half were not given these instructions (non-accountability condition). Also, half of the participants were told that there may be an opportunity for them to appear on a training video for graduate student instructors (opportunity for personal recognition condition); the other half were not told of this opportunity (no opportunity condition). This study attempted to identify the roles of aberrant self-promotion, accountability, and opportunity for personal recognition in rater accuracy and rater leniency.

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