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ERIC Number: EJ783599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1073-1911
Measuring Motivation Multidimensionally: Development of the Assessment of Individual Motives-Questionnaire (AIM-Q)
Bernard, Larry C.; Mills, Michael; Swenson, Leland; Walsh, R. Patricia
Assessment, v15 n1 p16-35 2008
We report the development of the Assessment of Individual Motives-Questionnaire (AIM-Q), a new instrument based on an evolutionary psychology theory of human motivation. It provides multitrait-multimethod (MTMM) assessment of individual differences on 15 motive scales. A total heterogeneous sample of N = 1,251 participated in eight studies that evaluated the homogeneity, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and MTMM convergent and discriminant validities of the AIM-Q's three methods. These studies generally support the overall strategy of assessing individual differences in multiple evolutionary-based motives with multiple methods. Additional validity studies are underway and, when validated further, the AIM-Q may offer a promising option for evolutionary psychologists and behavioral geneticists wanting to incorporate individual differences into their research but have had to use existing self-report measures of personality, which were not designed for such a purpose. It may also offer clinical and counseling psychologists an additional approach to personality measures for the prediction of behavior. (Contains 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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