Eysenck Personality Scales, Adult

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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 9th December 2004

Description of the Test

The EPS comprise three related instruments: the revised EPQ (EPQ-R), a short form of the EPQ-R and the Impulsiveness Questionnaire (IVE). The EPQ-R (106 items) measures three personality factors: Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Psychoticism. There is also a Lie (dissimulation) scale. Two further scales, Addiction and Criminality, can be extracted from the test. The three major scales were developed through a lengthy series of about 20 factorial studies. The Lie scale attempts to measure a tendency to ‘fake good’. It possesses a considerable degree of factorial unity and appears to measure some stable personality function as well as responding to conditions of dissimulation. The Addiction and Criminality scales were derived empirically from EPQ items using relevant criterion groups. The EPQ-R is a development of earlier personality questionnaires, that is, the Maudsley Medical Questionnaire (Eysenck, 1952), the Maudsley Personality Inventory (Eysenck, 1959), the Eysenck Personality Inventory (Eysenck &d Eysenck, 1964) and a revision of the EPQ (Eysenck & Eysenck, 1975). The EPQ-R short scale (48 items) was devised for use when time is very limited. It yields scores for Extraversion, Neuroticism, Psychoticism and the Lie scale. The IVE (54 items) has three sub-scales: Impulsiveness, Venturesomeness, and Empathy.

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

Test Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton