Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor's Name

Chockalingam Viswesvaran

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Valentina Bruk-Lee

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Stefany Coxe

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Keywords

Integrity Test, Personality, Trait

Date of Defense

10-19-2016

Abstract

This thesis was conducted to empirically examine and compare the different conceptualizations of the integrity test construct identified in previous research. The conceptualizations assert that integrity tests measure a major trait (i.e., Conscientiousness or Honesty-Humility), a combination of major traits, or a combination of minor traits (personality facets). The general fit and predictive validity (of counterproductive work behavior, or CWB) of each conceptualization was tested.

Psychology undergraduates (N = 436) participated via online surveys containing two personality scales, two integrity tests, and a CWB scale. The results most support the conceptualizations of integrity as either solely the broad trait Conscientiousness or a combination of Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Statistical issues were encountered with the models of several conceptualizations due to the number of predictors used and high multicollinearity between them. A closer examination revealed that integrity tests mostly encompass behaviors typically associated with the traits Conscientiousness and Agreeableness.

Identifier

FIDC001969

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