Date of Award

10-19-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Babb, Kimberley

Keywords

assessment, Internet testing, online tests, rapport, self-disclosure, test administration

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Rapport is often established with clients prior to psychological testing to facilitate self-disclosure and ease anxiety. Test administrators need to find ways to build rapport with clients prior to online tests. The present study examined whether asynchronous rapport, a positive relationship established without real-time interaction, could form between an online test administrator and participants. This study examined the effects of a rapport-building procedure prior to, and consistency of scores on, online and offline measures. Separated by a one-week interval, undergraduate students completed both online and paper-and-pencil versions of measures of perceived rapport, self-disclosure, social and state anxiety. Participants were randomly assigned to either an asynchronous rapport condition (an online video and in-person script presented by the test administrator to foster rapport) or no rapport condition. Results suggest that asynchronous rapport-building, online test administration, and social anxiety were related to amount of self-disclosure. Implications for online test delivery are discussed.

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