Long-Term Validity of a Personal History Item Scoring Procedure

Brown, Steve H.
December 1978
Journal of Applied Psychology;Dec78, Vol. 63 Issue 6, p673
Academic Journal
The proposed "Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures" suggest the need to evaluate the life span of selection instrument scoring procedures under changing labor market and job situations. The present study investigated the long-term validity of a personal history item scoring key developed on a 1933 sample of 10,111 life insurance agents and reevaluated on a 1939 sample of 857 agents and a 1969-1971 sample of 14,738 agents. The results, presented in expectancy table format, indicated that over both the 6-year and 38-year cross-validation periods, little, if any, validity was lost. This was true despite drastic labor market and economic changes as well as dramatic changes in the job itself. The apparent conflict of these results with those reported in other long-term validity studies was attributed to the impact of scoring key confidentiality, test maintenance, and adequate developmental sample size.


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