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Investigating the Unified Motive Scales: The Predictive Validity of the Achievement Motive Subscale

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Bettschart Martin, Herrmann Marcel, Wolf Benjamin M., Brandstätter Veronika,
Project A Closer Look at the Area of Tension Between Motivation and Volition - The Cognitive and Behavioral Consequences of an Action Crisis and Intervention Strategies
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal European Journal of Psychological Assessment
Page(s) 1 - 5
Title of proceedings European Journal of Psychological Assessment
DOI 10.1027/1015-5759/a000571


Abstract. Explicit motives are well-studied in the field of personality and motivation psychology. However, the statistical overlap of different explicit motive measures is only moderate. As a consequence, the Unified Motive Scales (UMS; Schönbrodt & Gerstenberg, 2012 ) were developed to improve the measurement of explicit motives. The present longitudinal field study examined the predictive validity of the UMS achievement motive subscale. Applicants of a police department ( n = 168, M age = 25.11, 53 females and 115 males) completed the UMS and their performance in the selection process was assessed. As expected, UMS achievement predicted success in the selection process. The findings provide first evidence for the predictive validity of UMS achievement in an applied setting.