ERIC Number: ED223704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-27
Reference Count: 0
Measurement Models for Thematic Apperceptive Measures of the Achievement Motive.
Reuman, David A.; And Others
According to classical test theory, the presence of random measurement error in a psychological test has important implications for validation studies. The more comprehensive application of classical test theory in construct validation is distinguished from that in criterion-oriented validation. Critics of thematic apperceptive measurement of the achievement motive have often blurred this distinction and have consequently failed to appreciate the construct validity of this motive measure. Using explicit true score measurement models of theoretical constructs, evidence for the construct validity of the achievement motive in a representative sample of adult males in America (n=508) is described. Evidence is presented that the achievement motive construct is related in theoretically expected ways to constructs of academic achievement and work satisfaction, despite the presence of substantial random measurement error in thematic apperceptive measures of the motive. Evidence for the discriminant validity of story content from story length in the thematic apperception test is also presented in this nomological network. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Classical Test Theory; Nomological Network; Thematic Appreciation Test; Theoretical Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC., August 27, 1982).