Title: Selection test anxiety: Investigating applicants' self- vs other-referenced anxiety in a real selection setting
Authors: Proost, Karin ×
Derous, Eva
Schreurs, Bert Herman
Hagtvet, Knut
De Witte, Karel #
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Series Title: International Journal of Selection and Assessment vol:16 issue:1 pages:14-26
Abstract: Test anxiety has received limited attention in personnel selection research, although it may impair the test performance of applicants. This paper describes the development and validation of a new two-dimensional measure of applicants’ test anxiety, namely the Self- versus Other-Referenced Anxiety Questionnaire (SOAQ), that embeds worrisome cognitions of anxious applicants in the social evaluative context of ‘self’ (Self-Referenced Anxiety) and ‘significant others’ (Other-Referenced Anxiety). An exploratory factor analysis (calibration sample), followed by a confirmatory factor analysis (validation sample) and correlations with several proximal and distal theoretical constructs indicated satisfactory psychometric properties and construct validity for both SOAQ scales. Structural equation modeling further showed a differential impact of Self- and Other-Referenced Anxiety on applicants’ test performance within a real personnel selection context. The scientific and practical relevance of these findings are discussed.
ISSN: 0965-075X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology
Occupational & Organisational Psychology and Professional Learning - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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