Eysenck Personality Scales, Adult

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Test Name:Eysenck Personality Scales, Adult
Author of Original Test: H. J. and S. B. Eysenck
Local test distributor / publisher:Hodder & Stoughton
Date of Current Review:2003
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:09 Dec 2004
Type of Test:Personality - Trait
Main Area of Use:Psycho-clinical
Work and Occupational
Constructs Measured:The EPQ-R (106 items) has three factorial personality constructs: Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Psychoticism. Two further criterion referenced constructs, Addiction and Criminality, can be extracted from the measure.
Administration Mode:Supervised Group administration
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of Test:The EPS comprise three related instruments: the revised EPQ (EPQ-R), a short form of the EPQ-R and the Impulsiveness Questionnaire (IVE). The EPQ-R (106 items) measures three personality factors: Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Psychoticism. There is also a Lie (dissimulation) scale. Two further scales, Addiction and Criminality, can be extracted from the test. The three major scales were developed through a lengthy series of about 20 factorial studies. The Lie scale attempts to measure a tendency to ‘fake good’. It possesses a considerable degree of factorial unity and appears to measure some stable personality function as well as responding to conditions of dissimulation. The Addiction and Criminality scales were derived empirically from EPQ items using relevant criterion groups. The EPQ-R is a development of earlier personality questionnaires, that is, the Maudsley Medical Questionnaire (Eysenck, 1952), the Maudsley Personality Inventory (Eysenck, 1959), the Eysenck Personality Inventory (Eysenck &d Eysenck, 1964) and a revision of the EPQ (Eysenck & Eysenck, 1975). The EPQ-R short scale (48 items) was devised for use when time is very limited. It yields scores for Extraversion, Neuroticism, Psychoticism and the Lie scale. The IVE (54 items) has three sub-scales: Impulsiveness, Venturesomeness, and Empathy.


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