Examination of the validity of instructed response items in identifying careless respondents

Chester Chun Seng Kam, Gabriel Hoi huen Chan

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Abstract

This study asks whether instructed response items validly detect careless respondents. We found that instructed response items have high internal consistency, good convergent validity with other types of carelessness detectors (synonyms, antonyms, and odd-even index), and good discriminant validity with acquiescence. Excluding careless respondents based on increasingly strict cutoff values leads to stronger negative correlations between regular and reverse-keyed items. Overall, the results favor the continued use of instructed response items to identify careless respondents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume129
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Careless responding
  • Instructed response items
  • Validity

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