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Which of the following represents a problem unique to self-report personality tests?

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A. Respondents might be unwilling to reveal something negative about themselves
B. Respondents maybe too “low” on the construct being measured for the trait to register properly on the test.
C. The reading ability of the respondents may prevent them from responding accurately to items
D. All of these

This question is part of Psy3041- Quiz 1
Asked by Crant, Last updated: Jun 07, 2020

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C. Marcus

C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered Jul 26, 2018

Yes, self-report personality tests are subject to a number of weaknesses, and yet they are widely used. Firstly, the examiner must rely on the examinee's honesty. Secondly, does the examinee understand the wording of the item fully? Thirdly, is the item relevant to the examinee? If not, his response is useless.

Test constructors overcome some of these problems in part by very careful test design: an advanced psychological skill in itself which is not assigned to anyone junior. Some items are targeting the same question but the wording is changed so that the examinee is unaware of this. Some items are worded positively, some negatively: such as 'which is your favourite task' as against, 'which task would you be least likely to refuse'

 

c.Dorothy

C.Dorothy

Answered Feb 28, 2018

Self report personality tests are quite popular whether they are just for fun or are a more serious way to learn more about someone’s personality. While these types of tests can yield good results that are able to tell a lot about a person’s personality they also can be less than accurate because they are essentially a self assessment.

This means that the respondent might be unwilling to reveal certain things about themselves. It's not difficult to manipulate a test when it is a self report test. If you are already looking for or expecting certain results you might consciously or unconsciously respond in whichever way will give you favorable results.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Feb 05, 2017

A) Respondents might be unwilling to reveal something negative about themselves
 

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