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Note: This test review was done by BPS in 2008

Description of the Test

The ECCOS has been developed by Mark Cook and Barry Cripps, with the support of Sybil Eysenck, partly in response to the BPS reviewersÂ’ (2001 edition)comment that the Eysenck Personality Scales (EPS) were clinical in emphasis and of limited application in an occupational setting. Although the ECCOS uses the words "occupational scales" in its name, it is essentially the coming together of two earlier developed questionnaires by the Eysencks, the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised Short Form and the IVE Questionnaire. ECCOS is therefore based on the extensive and pioneering work of Hans Eysenck in clinical psychology. It provides the potential for a practical psychometric application of this research in an occupational setting. It assesses the three basic dimensions of human personality, described by Hans and Sybil Eysenck, plus four dimensions added later by them, applying their work into the occupational domain. The seven dimensions are: Extraversion-Introversion, Tough-Mindedness, Anxiety, Impulsiveness, Venturesome, Empathy and Social Desirability. ECCOS is a pencil and paper based psychometric tool, which is made up of 102 personal behaviour-based items to which respondents are simply required to answer either "Yes" or "No". It is said to take about 12 minutes to complete and about 5 minutes to score. Raw scores for the seven scales are written onto a Scoring Sheet, summed, and are then plotted onto a Profile chart, which is defined in terms of Sten (standard ten) scores. The Profile Chart includes Low and High score descriptions for each scale and there is an additional Candidate Feedback Sheet which provides more detailed descriptions of behaviour, using 5 bands of description per scale. There is a new (2008) supplement to the manual (Appendix 10) which clarifies some of the issues raised by the main manual and it is essential reading for any user Note that at the moment there is no computer administration, scoring or report generation available with this instrument, and there is no parallel version either. The authors report that they have secured the electronic rights to the instrument and that an electronic version will be released in 2009. Computer administration and computer generated reports will be available at that time. The main areas identified for the use of ECCOS are in work and occupational settings, counselling and career choice, and in assessments related to general health, life and well being. Access is restricted to Chartered Psychologists, holders of the British Psychological Society Intermediate level B Certificate of Competence of Occupational Testing or users trained by the ECCOS organisation on a one day training course.

Authors: H.J. & S.B.G. Eysenck

Test Publisher: Eysenck Cripps Cook Occupational Scales

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