Predicting Long-term Firefighter Performance From Cognitive And Physical Ability Measures

Title:
Predicting Long-term Firefighter Performance From Cognitive And Physical Ability Measures
Authors:
Henderson, Norman D.
Abstract:
Firefighters from 1 academy training class were observed for 23 years, beginning with their selection test consisting of a g-saturated written exam (GCA) and firefighting simulations loaded on a strength/endurance (SE) factor. Operational validity coefficients for both GCA and SE were high for training success and remained consistently high for job performance ratings throughout the study. The operational validity for combined GCA and SE predictors was .86 for a composite job rating measure covering 21 years of service. A structural model produced similar results for more broadly defined GCA and SE latent variables. Both analyses suggested approximately equal weighting for GCA and SE for a fire service selection test. Results indicate considerable latitude in choosing cognitive and physical predictors for firefighter screening if the predictors are highly loaded on GCA and SE.
Citation:
Henderson, Norman D. Winter 2010. "Predicting Long-term Firefighter Performance From Cognitive And Physical Ability Measures." Personnel Psychology 63(4): 999-1039.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
DATE ISSUED:
2010
Department:
Psychology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1111/j.1744-6570.2010.01196.x
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309997

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHenderson, Norman D.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:22:54Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:22:54Zen
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.citationHenderson, Norman D. Winter 2010. "Predicting Long-term Firefighter Performance From Cognitive And Physical Ability Measures." Personnel Psychology 63(4): 999-1039.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0031-5826en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309997en
dc.description.abstractFirefighters from 1 academy training class were observed for 23 years, beginning with their selection test consisting of a g-saturated written exam (GCA) and firefighting simulations loaded on a strength/endurance (SE) factor. Operational validity coefficients for both GCA and SE were high for training success and remained consistently high for job performance ratings throughout the study. The operational validity for combined GCA and SE predictors was .86 for a composite job rating measure covering 21 years of service. A structural model produced similar results for more broadly defined GCA and SE latent variables. Both analyses suggested approximately equal weighting for GCA and SE for a fire service selection test. Results indicate considerable latitude in choosing cognitive and physical predictors for firefighter screening if the predictors are highly loaded on GCA and SE.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1744-6570.2010.01196.xen
dc.subject.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.titlePredicting Long-term Firefighter Performance From Cognitive And Physical Ability Measuresen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalPersonnel Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordGeneral mental-abilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordReduce adverse impacten_US
dc.subject.keywordRange restrictionen_US
dc.subject.keywordJob-performanceen_US
dc.subject.keywordPersonnel-selectionen_US
dc.subject.keywordPersonality testsen_US
dc.identifier.volume63en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.startpage999en_US
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