Preemployment Honesty Testing: Current Research and Future Directions

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tegrity tests can significantly reduce theft-related losses ( Jones & Terris, 1982a, 1982b; Terris & Jones, 1983).

Second, the results of this study have implications for the use of integrity surveys to monitor current employees. Current employees who steal from their employer tend to be (1) more tolerant of theft, (2) aware of more coworker theft, (3) more prone to drug abuse, (4) more burned-out or stressed, and (5) more dissatisfied with their jobs compared to honest employees ( Jones & Terris, 1982c). The London House Employee Attitude Inventory (EAI) (London House, 1982a, 1982b) was specifically developed to assess anonymously current employees who might be engaged in on-the-job theft and counterproductivity. The EAI is used to identify high-risk employee groups, departments, or locations that could benefit from a preemployment integrity testing program.

This study showed that the 15 problematic restaurants employed a greater percentage of workers who (1) made admissions of employee theft and (2) had tolerant attitudes toward theft compared to the 15 nonproblematic restaurants. It was concluded that preemployment tests could be used to screen out job applicants who are at high risk to steal due to their tolerant attitudes toward theft.


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Cherrington D. J., & Cherrington J. O. ( 1981). The climate of honesty in retail stores. Paper presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles, California, August.

Durbin A. J. ( 1974). Fundamentals of organizational behavior. New York: Pergamon Press.

Forehand G. A., & Gilmer B. V. ( 1964). "Environmental variation in studies of organizational behavior". Psychological Bulletin, 71, 316-382.

Jones J. W. ( 1982). Psychological predictors of employee theft. Paper presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, August 23-27.

Jones J. W., & Terris W. ( 1982a). The use of the PSI to reduce employee theft in department stores: A program evaluation study. Paper presented at the Ninth Annual Scientific Conference of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, Nashville, October 28-30.

Jones J. W., & Terris W. ( 1982b). Predicting employee theft in home improvement centers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Louisville, March 23-27.

Jones J. W., & Terris W. ( 1982c) The Employee Attitude Inventory: A validity study on theft by current employees. Paper presented at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, Nashville, October 28-30.

London House ( 1980a). The Personnel Selection Inventory (PSI). Park Ridge, IL: London House.

London House ( 1980b). The PSI Test Administration Manual. Park Ridge, IL: London House.

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