The Sixteen Personality Factor (16PF) Questionnaire

  • Heather E. P. Cattell
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)

Abstract

The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire is a comprehensive measure of normal range personality. Although it was not developed to identify psychopathology, it has been used extensively and productively in clinical settings due to its ability to give a deep, integrated picture of the whole person, including both personal strengths and weaknesses. The 16PF questionnaire can be used to identify patterns of behavior in a wide variety of real-life circumstances. For example, it can be used to understand a person’s self-esteem, coping patterns, capacity for empathy, interpersonal needs, likely attitude toward power and authority, cognitive processing style, internalization of societal rules or standards, and likely occupational preferences. Because of this comprehensive scope, 16PF results are useful in a wide variety of settings, including clinical, counseling, industrial, career development, and research.

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Suggested Readings

Clinical/Counseling

  1. Cattell, H. B. (1989). The 16PF: Personality in depth. Champaign, IL: Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.Google Scholar
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Career Counseling

  1. Karol, D. L. (1994). Holland occupational typology. In S. R. Conn & M. L. Rieke (Eds.), The 16PF Fifth Edition technical manual. Champaign, IL: Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.Google Scholar
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  3. Walter, V. (1995) 16PF Personal Career Development Profile technical and interpretive manual. Champaign, IL: Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.Google Scholar

Manuals and Technical References

  1. Cattell, R. B. (1957). Personality and motivation structure and measurement. New York: World Book.Google Scholar
  2. Cattell, R. B., Eber, H. W., & Tatsuoka, M. M. (1970). The handbook for the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire. Champaign, IL: Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.Google Scholar
  3. Conn, S. R., & Rieke, M. L. (1994). The 16PF Fifth Edition technical manual. Champaign, IL: Institute for Personality and Ablity Testing, Inc.Google Scholar
  4. Russell, M. T., & Karol, D. (1994). 16PF Fifth Edition administrator’s manual. Champaign, IL: Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather E. P. Cattell
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  1. 1.Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.Walnut CreekUSA

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