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Gülay Karadere (Dipl.-Psych.)
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The EV-20 measures a person's general willingness and tendency to take responsibility and act responsibly. It consists of 20 items, of which only 18 are evaluated. Reliability: For the 18-item scale, internal consistencies of alpha = .75 and alpha = .67 were found in two studies. Validity: The factorial validity of the questionnaire could be verified repeatedly by means of a main component analysis. The construct validity could also be demonstrated in a laboratory experiment. The scale for measuring personal responsibility correlated positively with the target commitment for a new, difficult task if the person had previously negotiated a binding target with a superior. In addition, moderate positive correlations with several personality dimensions of the Big Five became apparent: conscientiousness and openness to experience explain between 23 % and 25 % of the EV-20's variance. In addition, the correlation with social responsibility is positive as expected. However, the common variance is only 12%, so that it is justified to see personal responsibility as an independent psychological construct. An important difference between personal responsibility and social responsibility is that only the latter has a high correlation with the Big Five's tolerability dimension, while only the former has a significant correlation with openness to experience.
Bierhoff, H.-W., Wegge, J., Bipp, T., Kleinbeck, U., Attig-Grabosch, C. & Schulz, S. (2012). EV-20. Fragebogen Eigenverantwortung [Verfahrensdokumentation und Fragebogen]. In Leibniz-Institut für Psychologie (ZPID) (Hrsg.), Open Test Archive. Trier: ZPID.
Short Name EV-20
English Name Personal Responsibility Questionnaire
Authors Bierhoff, H.-W., Wegge, J., Bipp, T., Kleinbeck, U., Attig-Grabosch, C., Schulz, S.
Published in Test archive 2012
Copyright/Licence Copyright Autoren; CC-BY-SA 4.0
Key words Personality Traits, Responsibility
Construct Personal Responsibility (Koch & Kaschube, 2000)
Application age Adults
Item number 18-20 items
Subscales None; Personal Responsibility
Application time approx. 5 min.
Interpretation time No information.
Reliability Internal consistency: Cronbach's Alpha = .67-.75.
Validity Findings on factorial and construct validity; correlation with goal commitment, several personality dimensions of the Big Five, social responsibility
Applications Personnel selection
There is no abstract in English available. Information about the measure can be found under Overview.
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First published in
Bierhoff, H.-W., Wegge, J., Bipp, T., Kleinbeck, U., Attig-Grabosch, C. & Schulz, S. (2005). Entwicklung eines Fragebogens zur Messung von Eigenverantwortung oder "Es gibt nichts Gutes, außer man tut es". Zeitschrift für Personalforschung, 4 (1), 4-18.
Feedback on the use of a procedure from the Open Test Archive of the Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) to the test author(s)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Bierhoff, Emeritus, Fakultät für Psychologie, Sozialpsychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wegge, Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, Fakultät Psychologie, Technische Universität, D-01062 Dresden