Personality assessment

Study level: Graduate study programme in psychology
Lecturers: Ana Butković, Ph.D., Tena Vukasović Hlupić, Ph.D.
Language: Croatian
Semester: 3rd (winter)
Status: mandatory
Form of instruction with class hours: 15 hours of lectures, 30 hours seminars
Prerequisites: none
Student evaluation: written exam

Course description

Introduction to personality assessment; Personality assessment from different theoretical perspectives (psychoanalytical perspective, trait perspective, cognitive perspective, implicit measurement); Data sources in personality psychology (self-assessment, peer-assessment, objective measures); Types of
measuring instruments in personality psychology; Personality assessment problems; Multi-trait-multimethod approach; Personality questionnaires (Assessment biases: social desirability, lying and response styles); Strategies in development of measuring instruments in personality psychology; Adapting measuring instruments from other cultures; Developing a working version of some trait questionnaire; Overview of the most often used measuring instruments in personality psychology: Assessment of the five-factor model, Assessment of the Eysenck’s and Cattell’s personality theory; Other measuring instruments for personality assessment (MPQ, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Q-sort

Course objectives

Objective of this course is to enable students to gather knowledge about assessment and measurement in the field of personality psychology, as well as acquainting students with most famous measuring instruments in the field. By the end of the course students will be able to assess personality from different theoretical perspectives, which will be helpful in their later work in different domains of applied psychology. Also, they should be able to develop and select appropriate measuring instrument to solve both scientific and practical problems.

Required readings

Schinka J.A. & Greene, R.L.(1997). Emerging Issues and Methods in Personality Assessment. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Ozer, D.J.(1999). Four Principles for Personality Assessment. U Pervin, L.A. and John, O.P. (Eds): Handbook of Personality: Theory and Research. The Guilford Press.

Recommended readings
Carver, C.S. and Scheier, M.F.(2004). Perspectives on Personality (Part 1: Issues in
Personality Assessment. Pearson Education.
De Raad, B., Perugini, M. (2002). Big Five Assessment. Gottingen: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.