Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Elizabeth Erffmeyer, Daniel Roenker, Ray Mendel

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a biographically weighted application blank for use in selecting delivery personnel. The England (1971) procedure for weighting biographical information was utilized. The criterion was a ratio of planned work time to actual work time. It was hypothesized that (a) significant derivation and cross-validities would be obtained, and (b) significant practical benefits in terms of correct placement of workers in the high and low criterion groups would result. The first hypothesis was partially supported in that a significant derivation validity was obtained (r = -.56, P < .05). However, the cross-validity (r = -.12) was not significant. Thus, the second hypothesis was not supported. A discussion of the results and recommendations for the implementation of the weighted application blank are provided.


Human Resources Management | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences