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ERIC Number: ED306294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-5
Pages: 32
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Indices of Individuals' Sensitivities To Computerized Test Administration and Repeated Testing.
Schuldberg, David
Indices were constructed to measure individual differences in the effects of the automated testing format and repeated testing on Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) responses. Two types of instability measures were studied within a data set from the responses of 150 undergraduate students who took a computer-administered and pencil-and-paper MMPI a week apart. Two subject groups included 42 males and 33 females each. One set of indices measured systematic format- and time-related changes in responding, shifting attributable to format or time alone. Two families of six indices each were computed measuring unsystematic changes in responding, or overall tendencies to shift in a particular direction among the responses "true,""false," and "cannot say." These unsystematic changes were assessed both between formats and across times, although they were partially confounded in the present study. Systematic format shifting was related to a more general and unsystematic tendency to shift between "true" and "false" responses. The use of "cannot say" in the computerized testing situation appears distinct from the tendency to use the "cannot say" response on the pencil-and-paper test. Systematic item shifting attributable to time, although not involving an internally consistent set of responses, is distinct from other instability indices derived in this study and is therefore sensitive to the design of the administration software. Personality and other correlates of the item-shifting indices are discussed. Five tables present study data. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory