I thank Roy Baumeister, Lewis Goldberg, David Lykken, and Sampo Paunonen for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
The Analysis of Consistency in Personality Assessment
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 56, Issue 3, pages 621–663, September 1988
How to Cite
Tellegen, A. (1988), The Analysis of Consistency in Personality Assessment. Journal of Personality, 56: 621–663. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1988.tb00905.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript recieved August 15, 1987; revised February 23, 1988.
ABSTRACT In recent years psychologists have treated not only the mean (or sum) but also the variability of a person's item scores on multi-item scales as significant individual attributes Variability measures and comparable statistics, interpreted as indicators of (in)consistency, have been used as a basis for rejecting test results or trait constructs In cognitive assessment the concern has been with test results, in personality assessment the emphasis has been primarily on traits and “traitedness” Some of the assessment procedures are described and discussed For personality assessment the main conclusions are (a) the use of intra-individual variability measures for identifying invalid test data could be explored and exploited more, (b) intra-individual variability is for many reasons to be considered a poor indicator of low traitedness rather than its hallmark, and (c) traitedness itself is a promising concept and certain alternative approaches to traitedness assessment seem promising and integrative