Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology
1 online resource (33 p.)
Self-report inventories, Self-perception -- Testing, Personality assessment, California Psychological Inventory
In a study investigating the ability of subjects and their close friends or relatives (close-others) to recognize subject personality test results under conditions which controlled for the Barnum effect, 64 male and female undergraduate psychology students were administered the California Psychological Inventory (CPI). Each subject later attempted to choose his or her own unidentified CPI profile from among three, and a close-other of the subject independently made the same selection. It was found that 57.81% of subjects and 45.31% of close others were able to correctly identify subject profiles; these results were significant at the .0001 and .05 levels respectively. The 53.12% rate of agreement between subjects and close-others in profile selection also proved significant, p < .001. In contrast with results from a previous study (Carlson, 1985), it was found that subject self-perception and CPI description correspond to a highly significant ·degree.
Word, Sheela, "Eeny, meeny, miny, mo : self and close-other selection of personality test interpretations" (1988). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3855.