Reaction Time and Self-Report Psychopathological Assessment: Convergent and Discriminant Validity
The processing of incoming psychological information along the network, or schemata, of self-knowledge was studied to determine the convergent and discriminant validity of the patterns of schemata-specific response latencies. Fifty-three female and 52 male university students completed the Basic Personality Inventory (BPI). BPI scales assess measure of neurotic tendencies and aspects of sociopathic behavior. Reaction times were collected through responses on a computer. Negative correlations were obtained between scale scores and mean latencies for endorsing relevant items. Positive correlations were found between scale scores and mean latencies for rejecting relevant items. Scale scores were relatively independent of the latencies for processing scale-irrelevant items. This effect pattern substantiates the idea of item response in terms of self-schemata and supports the construct validity of dimension specific reaction times. (SLD)
Holden, R.R. & Fekken, G.C. Reaction Time and Self-Report Psychopathological Assessment: Convergent and Discriminant Validity.