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Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Constructs

  • Book

  • September 2014
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 2899498

Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Constructs assists researchers and practitioners by identifying and reviewing the best scales/measures for a variety of constructs. Each chapter discusses test validity, reliability, and utility. Authors have focused on the most often used and cited scales/measures, with a particular emphasis on those published in recent years. Each scale is identified and described, the sample on which it was developed is summarized, and reliability and validity data are presented, followed by presentation of the scale, in full or in part, where such permission has been obtained.

Measures fall into five broad groups. The emotional disposition section reviews measures of general affective tendencies, and/or cognitive dispositions closely linked to emotion. These measures include hope and optimism, anger and hostility, life satisfaction, self-esteem, confidence, and affect dimensions. Emotion regulation scales go beyond general dispositions to measure factors that may contribute to understanding and managing emotions. These measures include alexithymia, empathy, resiliency, coping, sensation seeking, and ability and trait emotional intelligence.  The interpersonal styles section introduces some traditional social-psychological themes in the context of personality assessment. These measures include adult attachment, concerns with public image and social evaluation, and forgiveness. The vices and virtues section reflects adherence to moral standards as an individual characteristic shaped by sociocultural influences and personality. These measures include values and moral personality, religiosity, dark personalities (Machiavellianism,narcissism, and subclinical psychopathy), and perfectionism. The sociocultural interaction and conflict section addresses relationships between different groups and associated attitudes. These measures include cross-cultural values, personality and beliefs, intergroup contact, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes towards sexual orientation, and personality across cultures.

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Core Issues in Assessment Chapter 1 Criteria for Selection and Evaluation of Scales and Measures--Gregory J. Boyle, Donald H. Saklofske, and Gerald Matthews Chapter 2 Response Bias, Malingering and Impression Management--Edward Helmes, Ronald R. Holden, and Matthias Ziegler Emotional Dispositions Chapter 3 Measures of Hope and Optimism: Assessing Positive Expectations of the Future--Fred B. Bryant and Patrick R. Harrison Chapter 4 Measures of Anger and Hostility in Adults--Ephrem Fernandez, Andrew Day, and Gregory J. Boyle Chapter 5 Measures of Life Satisfaction Across the Lifespan--Marco Weber, Claudia Harzer, E. Scott Huebner, and Kimberly J. Hills Chapter 6 Measures of Self-Esteem--M. Brent Donnellan, Kali H. Trzesniewski, and Richard W. Robins Chapter 7 Measures of the Trait of Confidence--Lazar Stankov, Sabina Kleitman, and Simon A. Jackson Chapter 8 Measures of Affect Dimensions--Gregory J. Boyle, Edward Helmes, Gerald Matthews, and Carroll E. Izard Emotion Regulation Chapter 9 Measures of Alexithymia--Bob Bermond, Paul Oosterveld, and  Harrie C. M. Vorst Chapter 10 Measures of Empathy: Self-Report, Behavioral, and Neuroscientific Approaches--David L. Neumann, Raymond C. K. Chan, Gregory J. Boyle, Yi Wang, and H. Rae Westbury Chapter 11 Measures of Resiliency--Sandra Prince-Embury, Donald H. Saklofske, and Ashley K. Vesely Chapter 12 Measures of Coping for Psychological Well-Being--Katharine H. Greenaway, Winnifred R. Louis, Stacey L. Parker, Elise K. Kalokerinos, Joanne R. Smith, and Deborah J. Terry Chapter 13 Measures of Sensation Seeking--Marvin Zuckerman and Anton Aluja Chapter 14 Measures of Ability and Trait Emotional Intelligence--Alexander B. Siegling, Donald H. Saklofske and K. V. Petrides Interpersonal Styles Chapter 15 Measures of Adult Attachment and Related Constructs--María Teresa Frías, Phillip R. Shaver, and Mario Mikulincer Chapter 16 Measures of Concerns with Public Image and Social Evaluation--Mark R. Leary, Katrina Jongman-Sereno, and Kate J. Diebels Chapter 17 Measures of Forgiveness: Self-Report, Physiological, Chemical, and Behavioral Indicators--Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Caroline Lavelock, Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Mark S. Rye, Jo-Ann Tsang, and Loren L. Toussaint Vices and Virtues Chapter 18 Measures of Values and Moral Personality--John B. Campbell, Eranda Jayawickreme, and Emily J. Hanson Chapter 19 Measures of Religiosity and the Transcendental--Harold G. Koenig, Faten N. Al-Zaben, Doaa Ahmed Khalifa, and Saad Al-Shohaib Chapter 20 Measures of Dark Personalities--Delroy L. Paulhus and Daniel N. Jones Chapter 21 Measures of Perfectionism--Gordon L. Flett and Paul L. Hewitt Sociocultural Interaction and Conflict Chapter 22 Measures of Cross-Cultural Values, Personality, and Beliefs--Chi-Yue Chiu, Sherwin I. Chia, and Wendy W. N. Wan Chapter 23 Measures of Intergroup Contact--Simon Lolliot, Benjamin Fell, Katharina Schmid, Ralf Wölfer, Hermann Swart, Alberto Voci, Oliver Christ, Rachel New, & Miles Hewstone Chapter 24 Measures of Stereotyping and Prejudice: Barometers of Bias--Susan T. Fiske and Michael S. North Chapter 25 Measures of Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation: Heterosexism, Homophobia, and Internalized Stigma--William S. Ryan and Jim Blascovich Chapter 26 Measures of Personality across Cultures--Velichko H. Fetvadjiev and Fons J. R. van de Vijver


Gregory Boyle Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Boyle is a Professorial Fellow at the MGSE, University of Melbourne, and Head of School at the Australian Institute of Psychology. He was previously Professor of Psychology at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland for over 20 years where he also served as Associate Dean for Research. He is a Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science, and of the Australian Psychological Society. In 2005, he was recipient of the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements Distinguished Reviewer Award. Dr. Boyle has lectured at Oxford University, Stanford University, and Princeton University. He has more than 200 publications, is co-author of a book on statistical methods, and is Senior Editor of several international handbooks. Donald H. Saklofske University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Donald H. Saklofske is Professor, Department of Psychology at The University of Western Ontario, Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and International Research Associate, University of Florence. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Canadian Psychological Association. Don's research focuses on personality, intelligence, individual differences and psychological assessment. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters and books. He is Editor-in-Chief of Personality and Individual Differences and Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. Gerald Matthews Institute of Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, US.