Measures of the trait of confidence

Stankov, Lazar and Kleitman, Sabina and Jackson, Simon A. (2015) Measures of the trait of confidence. In: Measures of personality and social psychological constructs. Elsevier (Academic Press), London, United Kingdom, pp. 158-189. ISBN 978-0-12-386915-9


This chapter reviews the item content, intended use, and psychometric properties of two main kinds of assessments that have been employed in studies of individual differences in confidence: Self-report questionnaires assessing one's own beliefs to accomplish different tasks; and online, on-task confidence judgments of performance accuracy. First, we review six self-report measures that assess either cognitive (academic and vocational tasks) or physical (sports) confidence. We then briefly describe the use of confidence measures in studies of self-efficacy, outlining their differences and similarities with broader on-task measures of confidence. Finally, we focus on the online, performance-based, assessment of confidence and consider different indices of confidence calibration with accuracy. To date, online on-task measures have demonstrated the sound psychometric properties. This includes demonstrations of the greatest predictive validity for a range of outcomes such as educational achievement and decision-making behavior. Currently, no evidence exists relating self-report and online measures of confidence. Directions for future studies are offered for both types of assessments.

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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 00:16
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Uncontrolled Keywords: confidence; on-task measures; psychometric properties; self-efficacy; self-perception; self-report measures
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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