The California Psychological Inventory

Edwin I. Megargee

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The California Psychological Inventory

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This article describes the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and presents a brief overview of how it has been used. It also discusses Harrison Gough's philosophy of test construction, and how it guided the development and evolution of the CPI. In addition, the article provides a brief description of the twenty current CPI folk construct scales, focusing on their construction and the correlates of high and low scores. This is followed by a brief account of the CPI's factor structure and a discussion of the CPI's three vector scales assessing the dimensions of person orientation, values orientation, and level of realization. The article looks at how CPI's three vector scales are used to define four personality types. The concluding section offers a brief overview of CPI interpretation.

Keywords: California Psychological Inventory; test construction; personality types; Harrison Gough; vector scales; person orientation; values orientation; level of realization

Article.  9153 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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