Title page for ETD etd-060199-121821

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Prowker, Adam Nathaniel
URN etd-060199-121821
Title Effects of purpose of appraisal on leniency errors: An exploration of self-efficacy as a mediating variable
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Chair
Donovan, John J. Committee Member
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Member
  • Purpose of Appraisal
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Leniency
  • Self-Efficacy
Date of Defense 1999-05-12
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to explore the causal relationship between purpose of appraisal and leniency in performance ratings. A model in which rater self-efficacy mediated the relationship between appraisal purpose and leniency was tested. In addition, behavioral recognition accuracy was hypothesized to affect rater leniency. In a laboratory setting, 109 undergraduate raters judged the videotaped performance of a graduate teaching assistant. Results of the study showed that (a) leniency was positively related to task-specific self-efficacy, and (b) behavioral recognition accuracy was positively related to general rating self-efficacy. A purpose of appraisal effect was not observed and the proposed mediational model was not supported. These results were discussed in relation to rater affect, accountability in performance ratings, and information processing.
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