The S-R Inventory of Anxiousness is critically examined
for its appropriateness as a research strategy
to demonstrate sources of behavioral variance.
The purpose, development, use of the inventory,
and ensuing analysis are reviewed. Three major
problems are discussed in light of the research
questions. These problems include (1) the apparent
lack of distinction between person and mode of
response (2) influence of the nonrandom selection
of situation and mode of response on the results of
the analysis, and (3) problems in specifying and assessing
the nature of person-situation interactions.
Although initial efforts to statistically demonstrate
variance contribution of interactions deserve recognition,
it is maintained that the variance components
approach and previous application of the S-R
Inventory of Anxiousness do not lead to clarifying
the specific nature of person-situation interactions
in influencing anxiousness. Rather, it is suggested
that future research on person-situation interactions
would benefit by identifying specific person and
situation characteristics and incorporating aspects
of both these factors into a systematic research design.
Kameoka, Velma A & Tanaka-Matsumi, Junko. (1981). The appropriateness of using the S-R Inventory of Anxiousness to measure sources of behavioral variability. Applied Psychological Measurement, 5, 229-235. doi:10.1177/014662168100500209
Kameoka, Velma A.; Tanaka-Matsumi, Junko.
The appropriateness of using the S-R Inventory of Anxiousness to measure sources of behavioral variability.
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