Preemployment Honesty Testing: Current Research and Future Directions

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to engage in thrill-seeking and potentially dangerous behavior, probably as a way to escape boredom and increase excitement in life.

The correlations in Table 12.5 indicate that scale scores from the PSI, the 16PF, and the SSS significantly correlated with the three criterion measures. Tentative personality profiles and cognitive styles of job applicants with histories of drug abuse and/or theft were constructed. This study needs to be replicated and extended using larger sample sizes and a heterogeneous selection of businesses. These results support the notion that preemployment psychological tests can be used to screen out job applicants who are at risk to use drugs and/or steal in the workplace.


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Brown T. S., Jones J. W., Terris W., & Steffy B. D. ( 1987). "The impact of preemployment integrity testing on employee turnover and inventory shrinkage losses". Journal of Business and Psychology, 2( 2).

Cattel R. B., Eber H. W., & Tatsuoka M. M. ( 1970). Handbook for the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16-PF). Champaign, IL: Institute for Personality and Ability Testing.

Crown D. F., & Rosse J. G. ( 1988). "A critical review of the assumptions underlying drug testing". Journal of Business and Psychology, 3, 22-41.

Frost A. G., & Joy D. S. ( 1987). The Use of Personnel Selection Inventory and the EMO questionnaire in the selection of child care workers. Unpublished technical report. Park Ridge, IL: London House.

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Harwood H. J., Napolitano D. M., Kristiansen P. L., & Collins J. J. ( 1984). Economic costs to society of alcohol and drug abuse and mental illness: 1980. Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Institute.

Jones J. W. ( 1979a). Predictors of prealcoholism. Paper presented at the 17th Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Lima, Peru.

Jones J. W. ( 1979b). Employee alcohol abuse in the workplace. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Convention of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, Chicago.

Jones J. W. ( 1979c). Employee deviance: Attitudinal correlates of theft and on-the-job alcohol abuse. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Convention of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, Chicago.

Jones J. W. ( 1980). "Attitudinal correlates of employee deviance: Theft, alcohol use, and nonprescribed drug use". Psychological Reports, 47, 71-77.

Jones J. W. ( 1981a). "Attitudinal correlates of employee theft of drugs and hospital supplies among nursing personnel". Journal of Nursing Research, 30( 6), 349-351.

Jones J. W. ( 1981b). Personality profiles of endorsers of nuclear crime. Paper presented at the 89th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Division of Military Psychology, Los Angeles.

Jones J. W. ( 1982). Correlates of police misconduct: Violence and alcohol use on thejob

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