A New Method of Examining Relationships between Individual Difference Measures and Sensitive Behavior Criteria: Evaluating the Unmatched Count Technique

Allison M. Ahart, Paul R. Sackett

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Abstract

A method is introduced for estimating the relationship between individual difference measures and sensitive behavior criteria that offers respondents greater anonymity than direct self-report. This method uses the unmatched count technique (UCT), a form of a randomized response technique, for eliciting more candid responses regarding past engagement in counterproductive behaviors (CBs). Integrity, conscientiousness, and either UCT-obtained or self-reported CB data were obtained from undergraduates. Results failed to show stronger base rates for UCT-obtained base rates of CB criteria over direct self-report criteria. Mixed results were found regarding the relationships between integrity, conscientiousness, and UCT-obtained versus direct self-report CBs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalOrganizational Research Methods
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2004

Keywords

  • Counterproductivity
  • Integrity
  • Personality
  • Randomized response
  • Unmatched count technique

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