College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Prediction of Job Retention Using a Brief Projective Test Battery: a Preliminary Report

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1997

Publication Title

International Journal of Selection and Assessment

ISSN

0965-075X

Volume

5

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

The use of objectively validated projective tests in personnel decisions has been limited in recent years because of the perception that such tests are highly subjective, difficult to administer, and difficult to score in a reliable manner. The present paper demonstrates the use of a brief (½ hour) projective test battery consisting of the Bender–Gestalt, House–Tree–Person, and a free drawing test which can be administered in a personnel office and scored blindly using an objective scoring system. The study showed that such a battery could predict six month retention rates in a sample of recently hired corrections officers at statistically significant rates (2 = 6.25, p < 0.05) despite the fact that the individuals had already been thoroughly prescreened using the company's comprehensive normal procedures. The possible uses and advantages of a language-free projective battery are discussed along with future research directions.

DOI

10.1111/1468-2389.54063

Peer Reviewed

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