Assessing the effects of a “personal effectiveness” training on psychological capital, assertiveness and self‐awareness using self‐other agreement

Evangelia Demerouti (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Erik van Eeuwijk (EXIN Exam Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Margriet Snelder (Schouten & Nelissen Group, Zaltbommel, The Netherlands)
Ulrike Wild (Schouten & Nelissen Group, Zaltbommel, The Netherlands)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This study seeks to examine the effects of a “personal effectiveness” training on both assertiveness and Psychological Capital (PsyCap) that were monitored before and after the training.

Design/methodology/approach

In addition to self‐ratings, other‐ratings were assembled to explore two ways in which they can contribute to the monitoring of intervention effects. To verify self‐reported results, and to predict participants' performance through the use of self‐other agreement.

Findings

Overall, rater and ratee scores showed a similar increase on assertiveness and most components of PsyCap. Self‐other agreement measures showed an increase in agreement for assertiveness and PsyCap after the training. Lastly, the type of relationship between rater and ratee appeared to have significant influence on the consistency between raters, such that agreement was higher for cohabiting partners than colleagues, supervisors or friends.

Originality/value

This study has created a better understanding of the role that the self‐other agreement and PsyCap can play in monitoring intervention effects.

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Citation

Evangelia Demerouti, Erik van Eeuwijk, Margriet Snelder and Ulrike Wild (2011) "Assessing the effects of a “personal effectiveness” training on psychological capital, assertiveness and self‐awareness using self‐other agreement", Career Development International, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 60-81

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/13620431111107810

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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