DETERMINANTS OF RELIABILITY IN PERSONALITY RATINGS,
NAVY MEDICAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH UNIT SAN DIEGO CALIF
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Thirty-five clinician teams rated approximately 700 volunteers for Antarctic service on a set of personality traits and global adjustment predictions. The effects of variations in professional experience and idiosyncracies of clinicians rating patterns upon inter-rater reliabilities were determined. Similarity of professional experience, favorability of ratings, deviation from modal rating profiles, and agreement on the relevance of personality traits for the assignment were found to be related to inter-rater agreement. However, a fuller understanding of clinician agreement would appear to depend upon investigation of trait meanings and processes of cue selection, evaluation, and combination.