The Relationship Between Scaled Behavioral Ratings, Performance Dimension Ratings and Rankings Using United States Army Special Forces Soldiers.

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Title: The Relationship Between Scaled Behavioral Ratings, Performance Dimension Ratings and Rankings Using United States Army Special Forces Soldiers.
Author: Thompson, John Alexander
Advisors: Mark A. Wilson, Chair
J.W. Cunningham, Member
D.W. Drewes, Member
Abstract: This study measured job performance of United States Army Special Forces (SF) soldiers using a Mixed Standard Rating Scale (MSRS) format, performance dimension ratings, and rankings. Each SF soldiers performance was examined with a three dimension conceptual model ( i.e. soldiering skills, Special Forces specific skills, and team member skills). This model was tested on two different samples. The first sample was made up of 1,273 U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers who were rated by officers. The second sample was comprised of 1,121 U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers who were rated by noncommissioned officers. This study found that the three dimensions of performance were highly intercorrelated with the highest correlation being between the soldiering skills and SF specific dimensions. In addition to correlation analysis, several regression models were also used to analyze each of the three dimensions. A full model was used to regress each of the nine sub-dimensions with the three dimensions of performance. Three reduced models were also made by regressing three sub-dimensions with each of the three dimensions of performance. It was found that each dimension used significantly different regression models. As well, the three reduced models were found to be significant in explaining each dimension. However, the reduced models were unable to explain a significant amount of variance when compared to the full model. Additionally, this study concluded that including all the items (positive, neutral, negative) improved each dimensional model's multiple correlation coefficient, but only marginally.
Date: 2002-04-03
Degree: MS
Discipline: Psychology
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1869


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