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Eysenck Personality Questionnaire - EPQ-R, short version

Instrument description
View/download instrument: Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ-R) – short version (Italian)
Author/Developer / Address: Hans Eysenck and Sybil Eysenck
Publication dates:  1975
Description / Type of assessment: The EPQ-R is a 48 yes/no self-administre questionnaire
Primary use / Purpose: The EPQ is a questionnaire to assess the personality traits of a person
Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed: The EPQ measures the personality traits, usually called temperament, in 4 scales, P-Psychoticism or Tough- Mindedness, E-Extraversion, N-Neuroticism or Emotionality and L-Lie.
'N' scale: neuroticism or emotionality, is sometimes called the Neurotic scale. Those scoring high on the N scale are characterised by instability, nervousness and general anxiety. 'E' scale: extroversion-introversion. Those scoring high on the E scale are characterised by extroversion, good mixer, sociability, impulsiveness, a tendancy to became aggressive. 'P' scale: psychoticism or tough-mindedness, or psychotic scale is generally considered a measurement of hostility. 'L' scale: lie scales are constructed from items listing issues and behaviours which are either socially desirable but infrequently practised or frequently practised but socially undesirable.
Population: Adolescents and adults
Administration / Completion time: About 10 minutes
Scoring procedures: Scoring procedures are specified in the user's manual.
Scoring time: Hand-scoring requires about a minute per form.
Credentials/Training: Not necessary. See instructions in the manual.
Source of psychometrics: The manual.
Languages: Original language English. EPQ has been translated into Italian (see attachement), Greek, Turkish, Spanish.
Price: The EPQ costs from 37 up to 140 Euros depending on the version. Generally a Public Authority can use the this kind of instrument by asking permission from the author and citing the reference. Additional information and non-validated versions are available on the web for free.
Practicability / usefulness: As the EPQ is a self-reported questionnaire, it can be easily used for research purposes in a large population such as teenagers attending schools. The EPQ can be included in larger studies aiming to measure, for example, drug dependence and risk behaviours.


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