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Acquiescence as a Response Set and as a Personality Characteristic

Acquiescence as a Response Set and as a Personality Characteristic EOUCATIO~AL AND PSYCHOL~~~CAL MEXSIJSEMENT VOL XXI, NO. 2, 1961 ACQUIESCENCE AS A RESPONSE SET AND AS A PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTIC T. R. HTJSEK University of California, Los Angelesl PSYCHOLOGICAL tests are intended to measure human abilities and personality characteristics apart from the influences and distractions of the testing situation, per se. Insofar as the “natural” judgments and feelings of the people taking the test are distorted, the precision of the measuring instrument is reduced. However, it has long been recognized that people bring to the testing situation certain test- taking habits which influence their scores. Numerous investigators have reported on the presence and influence of such test-taking habits (Cronbach, 1950; Jackson & hlessick, 1958). The research reported here is primarily concerned with one type of test-taking habit, which is referred to as “acquiescence.” Acqui- escence supposedly concerns individual differences in the tendency to agree with assertions of all kinds. It is thought that with items with answer alternatives of agree-disagree, true-false, yes-no, and the like, there are individual differences in the tendency to say “agree” which interact with knowledge of and feelings about the content of the items. The interaction of content and acquiescence effects involve the experimenter in a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Educational and Psychological Measurement SAGE

Acquiescence as a Response Set and as a Personality Characteristic

Educational and Psychological Measurement , Volume 21 (2): 13 – Jun 1, 1961

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© 1961 SAGE Publications
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0013-1644
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1552-3888
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10.1177/001316446102100204
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EOUCATIO~AL AND PSYCHOL~~~CAL MEXSIJSEMENT VOL XXI, NO. 2, 1961 ACQUIESCENCE AS A RESPONSE SET AND AS A PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTIC T. R. HTJSEK University of California, Los Angelesl PSYCHOLOGICAL tests are intended to measure human abilities and personality characteristics apart from the influences and distractions of the testing situation, per se. Insofar as the “natural” judgments and feelings of the people taking the test are distorted, the precision of the measuring instrument is reduced. However, it has long been recognized that people bring to the testing situation certain test- taking habits which influence their scores. Numerous investigators have reported on the presence and influence of such test-taking habits (Cronbach, 1950; Jackson & hlessick, 1958). The research reported here is primarily concerned with one type of test-taking habit, which is referred to as “acquiescence.” Acqui- escence supposedly concerns individual differences in the tendency to agree with assertions of all kinds. It is thought that with items with answer alternatives of agree-disagree, true-false, yes-no, and the like, there are individual differences in the tendency to say “agree” which interact with knowledge of and feelings about the content of the items. The interaction of content and acquiescence effects involve the experimenter in a

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Published: Jun 1, 1961

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