Thirty tests from the 1955 edition of Cattell’s Objective-
Analytic (O-A) Test Battery, plus Forms A
and B of the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire
(16PF), were administered to 82 male undergraduates.
In addition, each subject was rated by 7
to 11 close associates on each of 20 bipolar rating
scales, 4 scales tapping each of 5 peer-rating factors.
These peer ratings were used as criterion variables
to be predicted by the 16PF scales and by the
O-A Battery. The O-A Battery measures were
slightly more highly related to one peer-rating factor
(Culture); the 16PF scales were slightly more
highly related to another (Conscientiousness); and
the two sets of test variables were essentially equivalent
in predicting the other three factors (two of
which showed no significant relationships with
either instrument). The lack of any consistent superiority
of the objective test scores over the questionnaire
scales, coupled with some criticisms of the
objective tests on purely logical grounds, should
make one cautious in accepting the claims being
made for the comparative validity of the O-A Battery.
Goldberg, Lewis R, Norman, Warren T & Schwartz, Edward. (1980). The comparative validity of questionnaire data (16PF scales) and objective test data (O-A Battery) in predicting five peer-rating criteria. Applied Psychological Measurement, 4, 183-194. doi:10.1177/014662168000400205
Goldberg, Lewis R.; Norman, Warren T.; Schwartz, Edward.
The comparative validity of questionnaire data (16PF scales) and objective test data (O-A Battery) in predicting five peer-rating criteria.
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