Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
Research has shown that personality tests are susceptible to faking and that test takers do indeed take advantage of this vulnerability. This faking creates a problem when organizations use personality tests as screening tools for candidates for employment. Among the methods available to detect faking, appropriateness measurement (i.e., examining how well a pattern of responses fit item characteristics) has not been thoroughly investigated. The present study examines whether the two most popular appropriateness indices, Z3 and F2, are capable of detecting response distortion among test takers instructed to answer honestly versus fake. The groups demonstrated differences between overall mean scores, but the appropriateness indices did not successfully detect response distortion between the groups.
Holt, Brian, "Using Appropriateness Measurement to Detect Realistic Faking of Personality Tests" (2002). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 599.