Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson
Dr. Dave Lyon
Dr. Chris Koronokas
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The purpose of this study is to determine whether individuals presented with a well defined list of adjectives demonstrate suggestibility, i.e., would rate themselves differently on the Adjective Check List (ACL), versus the open-ended test such as the Clinical Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ) or Critical Incident Survey (CIS).
The participants in this study were 36 adult volunteers drawn from three different populations: 12 prison inmates, 12 undergraduates from a university, and 12 outpatients of a mental health clinic. The participants were administered the three tests in individual and group sessions.
The prisoners did not fake “bad" or "good" more so on the ACL than on the CAQ or CIS. The undergraduates did describe themselves differently on the ACL than on the CAQ, but they did not describe themselves differently on the ACL than on the CIS. The outpatients did not describe themselves as having more severe symptoms or personality problems on the ACL than on the CAQ or CIS.
Walker, "A Comparison of Personality Self-Descriptions Using a Structured Personality Inventory and Open-Ended Personality Questionnaire and Critical Incident Survey" (1982). Master's Theses. 1745.