TITLE

Investigation of the Uses of Self-reports of Abilities

AUTHOR(S)
DeNisi, Angelo S.; Shaw, James B.
PUB. DATE
October 1977
SOURCE
Journal of Applied Psychology;Oct77, Vol. 62 Issue 5, p641
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
An effort was made to determine if self-ratings of ability can be used as substitutes for ability tests in an industrial setting. One hundred fourteen students enrolled in an introductory psychology class first completed a questionnaire asking them to rate themselves on 10 ability areas. The subjects were then given a battery of tests designed to test these same ability areas. In addition, the potential moderator effects of sex, general intelligence, self-esteem, and social desirability were also investigated. Correlations between self-rated and tested abilities, although generally significant, were too small to have any practical significance. The self-ratings were also unable to differentiate between those who would score high and low on the ability tests, even for extreme self- rated groups. No moderator effects were found. It was concluded that self- reports of ability could not substitute for ability tests.
ACCESSION #
5133364

 

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