Title page for ETD etd-11222002-144415

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Trippe, David Matthew
Author's Email Address dtrippe@vt.edu
URN etd-11222002-144415
Title An evaluation of the construct validity of situational judgment tests
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Chair
Donovan, John J. Committee Member
Harvey, Robert J. Committee Member
  • construct validity
  • situational judgment test
Date of Defense 2002-11-08
Availability unrestricted
Situational judgment tests are analogous to earlier forms of "high fidelity" simulations such that an ostensible paradox emerges in the consistent finding of criterion-referenced validity but almost complete lack of construct validity evidence. The present study evaluates the extent to which SJT's can demonstrate convergent and discriminant validity by analyzing a SJT from a multitrait-multimethod perspective. A series of hierarchically nested confirmatory factor models were tested. Results indicate that the SJT demonstrates convergent and discriminant validity but also contains non-trivial amounts of construct-irrelevant method variance. Wide variability in the content and validation methods of SJT's are discussed as the reason previous attempts to find construct validity have failed.
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