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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Ray Mendel, James Craig, John O'Connor

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The issues of situational specificity and validity generalization have shed new light on employment test validation in personnel psychology. Over the past six years Schmidt, Hunter and colleagues have accumulated an abundance of evidence supporting the use of validity generalization. The present study attempts to further investigate the issues of situational specificity and validity generalization for five nuclear power utilities using the CNS test battery. Using the Bayesian statistical procedure developed by Schmidt and Hunter (1977) the results indicated that neither the rejection of situational specificity or the inference of validity generalization was possible. However, further analyses indicated that the failure to reject situational specificity or infer validity generalization was due to one deviant validity coefficient. The addition of further validity studies will increase the likelihood of rejecting situational specificity and inferring validity generalization to a new nuclear power utility without the necessity of another validity study.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences