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Adjective Checklist

Gough, H. G., & Heilbrun, A. B. (1965). The Adjective Check List Manual. Palo Alto: Consulting Psychologists Press.


Table of Contents


Description


History of Use


References


Description:

Purpose

The Adjective Checklist was designed to assess a constellation of personality traits via report by self or other.
Questions

300 adjectives
  • Ps check the salient adjectives.
  • For scoring, adjectives are assigned a value of -1, 0, or +1 for each sub-scale
Sub-scales

24 sub-scales:
  • Overall score: the tendency to check more or fewer adjectives
  • Favorability of self-description: the tendency to check more or fewer favorable adjectives as self-descriptive
  • Unfavorability of self-description: the tendency to check more or fewer unfavorable adjectives as self-descriptive
  • Defensiveness: "self-controlled and resolute" (high) vs. "anxious and apprehensive" (low)
  • Self-Confidence: "assertive, affiliative, outgoing" (high) vs. "unassuming, forgetful, mild" (low)
  • Self-Control: "serious, sober" (high) vs. "headstrong, irresponsible, complaining" (low)
  • Lability: "spontaneous...excitable, temperamental" (high) vs. "phlegmatic, routinized, planful" (low)
  • Personal Adjustment: "dependable, peacable, trusting" (high) vs. "aloof, defensive, anxious" (low)
  • Achievement: the tendency to "strive to be outstanding in pursuits of socially recognized significance"
  • Dominance: the tendency to "seek and sustain leadership roles in groups or to be influential and controlling in individual relationships"
  • Endurance: the tendency to "persist in any task undertaken"
  • Order: the tendency to "place special emphasis on neatness, organization, and planning in one's activities"
  • Intraception: the tendency to "engage in attempts to understand one's own behavior or the behavior of others"
  • Nurturance: the tendency to "engage in behaviors which extend material or emotional benefits to others"
  • Affiliation: the tendency to "seek and sustain numerous personal friendships"
  • Heterosexuality: the tendency to "seek the company of and derive emotional satisfactions from interactions with opposite-sexed peers"
  • Exhibition: the tendency to "behave in such a way as to elicit the immediate attention of others"
  • Autonomy: the tendency to "act independently of others or of social values and expectations"
  • Aggression: the tendency to "engage in behaviors which attack or hurt others"
  • Change: the tendency to "seek novelty of experience and avoid routine"
  • Succorance: the tendency to "solicit sympathy, affection, or emotional support from others"
  • Abasement: the tendency to "express feelings of inferiority through self-criticism, guilt, or social impotence"
  • Deference: the tendency to "seek and sustain subordinate roles in relationships with others"
  • Counseling Readiness: : "feels left out of things, unable to enjoy life to the full, and unduly anxious" (high) vs. "self-confident, poised, sure of himself and outgoing" (low)
Domain


Psychometrics


Sample items

  • Cautious (+1 for self-control)
  • Determined (+1 for achievement)
  • Foresighted (+1 for order)
  • Noisy (+1 for exhibition)
  • Self-denying (+1 for abasement)

References:

Scale:
Gough, H. G., & Heilbrun, A. B. (1965). The Adjective Check List Manual. Palo Alto: Consulting Psychologists Press.


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