Accession Number : AD0424735

Title :   A STUDY OF THE VALIDITY OF MAIL QUESTIONAIRE DATA,

Corporate Author : NAVY MEDICAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH UNIT SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Nelson,Paul D.

Report Date : 1942

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : In order to obtain performance criterion information on persons who had previously spent a year in the Antarctic, follow up mail questionnaires were sent to 62 men who represented the former membership of four small scientific stations. Questionnaires were sent at twelve- and six-month periods following the Antarctic experience, different individuals involved in the two follow ups. A total return rate of 64% was obtained, with higher return rates for personnel followed up after twelve months than those followed up after six months. Questionnaire responders and non-responders could not be differentiated on personality traits or previous behavior characteristics, as assessed by station supervisor evaluations given earlier. Personnel evaluations given by the peer group members in the follow up questionnaire were found to be substantially valid in terms of their agreement with both supervisor evaluations obtained earlier at the end of the Antartic year and for the one station from which such data were available, with peer evaluations obtained previously at each of three time periods during the Antartic year. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TEST CONSTRUCTION (PSYCHOLOGY), EFFECTIVENESS), BEHAVIOR, PERSONALITY, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, REACTION (PSYCHOLOGY)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE