The present study compared the results obtained
from three different procedures for obtaining self-reports
of behavioral consistency versus inconsistency
: (1) the traditional bipolar rating scale; (2) the
Nisbett, Caputo, Legant, and Maracek (1973) procedure
whereby subjects check the term, its
antonym or the phrase "it depends on the situation";
and (3) subject-generated lists of self-descriptive
traits. Results showed a moderate association
between self-reports of situational variability
and central responses on the scaled format; however,
omission of a term in self-generated lists was
not strongly associated with either central responses
on the scale format or situational responses on the
inventory formulated according to Nisbett et al.
Turner, Robert G & Gilliam, Bob J. (1979). Identifying the situationally variable subject: Correspondence among different self-report formats. Applied Psychological Measurement, 3, 361-369. doi:10.1177/014662167900300308
Turner, Robert G.; Gilliam, Bob J..
Identifying the situationally variable subject: Correspondence among different self-report formats.
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