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NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R)

  1. Lindsey J. Schipper,
  2. Myriam J. Sollman,
  3. David T. R. Berry

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0590

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Schipper, L. J., Sollman, M. J. and Berry, D. T. R. 2010. NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Kentucky

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R; Costa & McCrae, 1992) is the updated version of the NEO PI (Costa & McCrae, 1985). The NEO PI-R is a widely used measure of the Five Factor Model (FFM) of adult personality, covering the domains of Neuroticism, Openness to Experience, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. The FFM is a robust model of normal personality, with a factor structure that has been replicated across many languages and cultures (McCrae et al., 2005). Information on these factors can be useful for understanding emotional, interpersonal, attitudinal, and motivational characteristics that are important for a variety of applications, including psychotherapy, counseling, and employment decisions. The NEO PI-R has also become a major research tool for examining the relationship between personality and behavioral, physical, and mental health variables. It is not intended, however, to assess overt or severe psychopathology, and it is not necessarily diagnostic of any specific psychiatric disorder found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM; American Psychiatric Association, 2000).


  • five factor model;
  • personality assessment;
  • personality research