A REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF THE VALIDITY STUDIES OF ACTIVITY VECTOR ANALYSIS

A REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF THE VALIDITY STUDIES OF ACTIVITY VECTOR ANALYSIS THEActivity Vector Analysis (AVA) is a short personality measure which is widely used for personnel selection in industry. It consists of a check list of 81 nonderogatory words chosen to measure four independent personality factors or vectors: aggressiveness (V-1), sociability (V-2), emotional control (V-3), and social adaptability (V-4). A fifth measure, activity, is obtained from the total number of words checked. Each subject checks (a) each of the 81 words which has ever been used by anyone to describe him and (b) each of the words which he believes to be truly descriptive of him. These responses are combined to yield a resultant score on each vector and a profile. The details of construction and scoring of the AVA have been published previously (Clarke, 1956a; W. V. Clarke Associates, 1956). Evaluative articles have been written by Baxter (1959) and Bennett (1959), and the need for continued evaluation of psychological tests is cleverly emphasized in Ross Stagner’s (1958) article, “The Gullibility of Personnel Managers.” This article will consist of both a review and evaluation of all available AVA validity studies? The review will be more extensive than those of Baxter and Bennett and will include some studies that may http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Psychology Wiley

A REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF THE VALIDITY STUDIES OF ACTIVITY VECTOR ANALYSIS

Personnel Psychology, Volume 15 (1) – Mar 1, 1962

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1962 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0031-5826
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1744-6570
DOI
10.1111/j.1744-6570.1962.tb01844.x
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Abstract

THEActivity Vector Analysis (AVA) is a short personality measure which is widely used for personnel selection in industry. It consists of a check list of 81 nonderogatory words chosen to measure four independent personality factors or vectors: aggressiveness (V-1), sociability (V-2), emotional control (V-3), and social adaptability (V-4). A fifth measure, activity, is obtained from the total number of words checked. Each subject checks (a) each of the 81 words which has ever been used by anyone to describe him and (b) each of the words which he believes to be truly descriptive of him. These responses are combined to yield a resultant score on each vector and a profile. The details of construction and scoring of the AVA have been published previously (Clarke, 1956a; W. V. Clarke Associates, 1956). Evaluative articles have been written by Baxter (1959) and Bennett (1959), and the need for continued evaluation of psychological tests is cleverly emphasized in Ross Stagner’s (1958) article, “The Gullibility of Personnel Managers.” This article will consist of both a review and evaluation of all available AVA validity studies? The review will be more extensive than those of Baxter and Bennett and will include some studies that may

Journal

Personnel PsychologyWiley

Published: Mar 1, 1962

References

  • The Activity Vector Analysis as a Selector of Life Insurance Salesmen
    Wallace, Wallace; Clarke, Clarke; Dry, Dry

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