Refining a Measure of Appraisal Style

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Craig (Craig Alexander)
dc.contributor.advisor Kirby, Leslie D. (Leslie Deneen)
dc.contributor.author McLain, Tessa C.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-30T16:50:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-30T16:50:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5085
dc.description.abstract The following study addresses creating a new, more efficient measure for evaluating appraisal styles, specifically emotion-focused, or accommodative-focused, coping potential and problem-focused coping potential. The current measure, the Appraisal Style Questionnaire is considerably reliable and valid, yet its length precedes its usage in practical settings. We aimed to create this measure, administer it along with the old measure and select validating measures to collect data, which we then utilized for validity and reliability checks. We had three main expectations: the first of which was that the new scales of Accommodative-focused coping potential (AFCP) and Problem-focused coping potential (PFCP) will correlate appropriately with each other and their analogous ASQ counterparts, which results show occurred with significance. The second expectation for our new measure was that it would show significant correlations with other validating measures. Our last expectations was that our new scales would maintain unique relationships with those validating measures when controlled for the opposing component, and these unique relationships would mimic the old ASQ components’ unique relationships. Results show that in fact our new measure correlated with the validating measures and maintained those correlations when being controlled, to an extent more so than the old ASQ and with stronger correlations. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychological tests -- Evaluation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions and cognition en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adaptability (Psychology) -- Testing en_US
dc.title Refining a Measure of Appraisal Style en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US

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