Publication Date

Spring 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Shoenfelt (Director), Dr. Reagan Brown, and Dr. Katrina Burch

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


Core Self-Evaluations (CSE) is a broad personality trait used by industrial organizational psychologists to predict important organizational outcomes such as job performance and employee satisfaction. CSE comprises four elements: generalized self-efficacy, self-esteem, locus of control, and neuroticism. Task-specific versions of CSE have been proposed to better predict task-specific performance than general CSE. Accordingly, Serve-Specific Core Self- Evaluations (SS-CSE) was adapted specifically to predict serve performance of intercollegiate volleyball players. In this study, I explored the predictive validity of SS-CSE for serve performance by expanding a previous study that used a concurrent validation approach. Results indicated that SS-CSE scores collected pre-season were more strongly related to both self- reported serve performance and end of the season NCAA statistics than was general CSE. However, my distal measure of SS-CSE demonstrated incremental validity over CSE for only one serve performance measure, suggesting that SS-CSE is better as a proximal predictor of serve performance. Additionally, SS-CSE demonstrated a negative relationship with non-servers, indicating support for the predictive validity of SS-CSE in distinguishing servers from non- servers.


Exercise Science | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Other Psychology | Psychology | Sports Studies