ERIC Number: ED250394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Rating Purpose and Anonymity on Self Ratings.
Arnaut, Lynn Y.; Bownas, David A.
The present study was designed to answer four questions: (1) do anonymity and purpose affect the leniency of self ratings in general, (2) do these factors interact, (3) do self ratings approximate supervisor ratings under certain conditions, and (4) is self-assessment a useful method of determining training needs? Self-ratings and supervisory ratings were made for 206 employees who were in one of three job categories in the United States Marshals Service. Subjects were told that ratings were for one of three purposes: training needs assessment, research, or personnel administration. In addition, they were instructed either to sign or not to sign their names. The results indicated that the stated purpose for self ratings had a significant effect on self rating leniency, and anonymity had no effect on self rating leniency. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Anonymity of Respondents; Leniency Response Bias