The purpose of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of analog research designs in the assessment of motivational distortion. The responses of analog experimental groups instructed to fake-good (analog, n = 22) or respond honestly (classroom, n = 22) on the Sixteen Personality Factor (16PF) 5th Edition were compared to the responses obtained from a group of applicants to a graduate program in school psychology (applicant, n = 38). Results indicate a consistent pattern of increasing score desirability across groups, from classroom, to applicant, to analog, with significant differences (p<.002) between groups. Thus, the applicability of analog research findings to applied settings is called into question and Cattell's (1968,1986) trait-view theory is supported.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Personality assessment--Research; Motivation (Psychology); Social desirability
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Verstraete, Steven, "A comparison of analog and applied setting research methods in evaluating motivational distortion" (2006). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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