"Normal" Personality Inventories in Clinical Assessment: General Requirements and the Potential for Using the NEO Personality Inventory

Yossef S. Ben-Porath, Niels G. Waller

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Abstract

Issues pertaining to the use of "normal" personality inventories in clinical assessment are discussed. The basic tasks of a clinical evaluation are outlined, and the ability of normal measures of personality such as the NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI) to contribute to clinical assessment is considered. We conclude that normal personality tests should not be used as stand-alone measures in a clinical evaluation and that currently there is insufficient evidence to support the use of the NEO-PI for the differential diagnosis of psychopathology. We note that normal measures of personality show the greatest potential for contribution to clinical assessment in identifying stable personality characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological assessment
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1992

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