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Assessing the validity of the achievement motive in the presence of random measurement error.

Authors
  • Reuman, D A
  • Alwin, D F
  • Veroff, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of personality and social psychology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1984
Volume
47
Issue
6
Pages
1347–1362
Identifiers
PMID: 6527218
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The presence of random measurement error in indicators of theoretical constructs biases observed estimates of relations among those constructs. Correcting for this bias is particularly important when random measurement error is substantial, or is substantially different for indicators of distinct constructs included in a theoretical model. Validity assessment in the case of thematic apperceptive measures of the achievement motive (TAT n Achievement) has been vulnerable to interpretive errors because these indicators of the achievement motive are typically much less reliable than indicators of other constructs to which the motive may be related, and no correction has been made for the bias introduced by such differential measurement error. Here we illustrate a causal modeling approach to validity assessment for TAT n Achievement that incorporates explicit true-score measurement models of theoretical constructs. We confirm the hypothesis that the achievement motive construct is positively related to work satisfaction in a representative sample of adult males in the United States, taken in 1976 (N = 413). Evidence for the discriminant validity of story content versus story length, an issue raised in the literature on the TAT, is also presented in this nomological network.

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