Convergent Validation of an Interview-Based Personality Assessment: A Laboratory Project

Myron D. Friesen, Bruce J. Ellis

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This article describes a 2-session laboratory project in which students develop, conduct, and attempt to validate an interview-based personality assessment. In Session 1, students learn about effective interview procedures and then design and pilot-test an interview to assess 4 personality traits (emotionality, activity level, sociability, and impulsivity). Each student then assesses the personality of a participant using the interview along with a self-report measure that indexes the same 4 personality traits. In Session 2, students analyze the interview and questionnaire data and examine several topics concerning measurement validation, such as convergent validity, social desirability, and error. Test grades and student evaluations supported the pedagogical value of the project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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