This study examined the effect of anxiety and dissimulation
motivation of job applicants on their performance
on an ability test. Two aspects of performance
were considered: the total score and the appropriateness
score. Four IRT-based appropriateness indices for
detecting aberrant response patterns were employed in
this study. The results indicate a negative effect of
dissimulation motivation on the performance of low
anxiety scorers, with respect to both the total score
and the appropriateness score, with a greater effect on
the latter. This effect was evidenced by an erratic or
aberrant response pattern on the ability test; that is,
missing relatively easy items while answering more
difficult ones correctly. The results are discussed in
light of the diverse interpretations concerning the
meaning of Lie scales.
Birenbaum, Menucha. (1986). Effect of dissimulation motivation and anxiety on response pattern appropriateness measures. Applied Psychological Measurement, 10, 167-174. doi:10.1177/014662168601000208
Effect of dissimulation motivation and anxiety on response pattern appropriateness measures.
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