The Multidimensionality of the Equity Sensitivity Construct: Integrating Separate Benevolence and Entitlement Dimensions for Enhanced Construct Measurement*

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Description: Huseman, Hatfield, and Miles' (1985) original measurement of equity sensitivity utilizes a forced-distribution format to allocate points between benevolent and entitlement statements, which forces the resulting scores on the Equity Sensitivity Instrument (ESI) to be unidimensional. We propose diat equity sensitivity may actually be a multidimensional construct, and that the forced-distribution format of the ESI may conceal this multidimensionality. An alternative, single-stimulus format of the ESI is subsequently utilized to provide an empirical test of this possible multidimensionality in the equity sensitivity construct. Confirmatory factor analytic model comparisons between unidimensional and multidimensional specifications of the equity sensitivity construct reveal that the construct is indeed multidimensional. We conclude by discussing the theoretical implications of using the original versus the new single-stimulus format of the ESI, and focus in particular on the implications of these formats for examining cases of indifference within organizations. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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