The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16-PF)

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1.1 Introduction
The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16-PF) is a comprehensive measure of normal range personality found to be effective in a variety of settings where an in-depth assessment of the person as a whole is needed (Abrahams, 2002). The 16-PF traits are the result of years of factor-analytic research focused on discovering the basic structural elements of personality (Cattell & Mead, 2008).
In addition to discovering the sixteen normal range personality traits for which the instrument is named, researchers identified the five broad dimensions which are a variant of the Big Five factors (Ormerod, McKenzie & Woods, 1995). According to Aluja, Blanch and Garcia (2005) the 16-PF Questionnaire has a long history of empirical research and is embedded in a well established theory of individual differences. This questionnaire’s research provides evidence of its utility in clinical, counselling, industrial-organizational, educational, and research settings (Abrahams, 2002). The 16-PF is one of the top five most commonly used normal range instruments in both research and practice (Moreira, Oliveira, Cloninger, Azevedo, Sousa, Castro & Cloninger, 2012).
In this assignment the history and development of the 16-PF will be covered as well as the rationale of the 16-PF, the scales, the basic features, the administration and interpretation, norms, the South African version (SA92), and the reliability, and validity of the 16-PF.
1.2 History and development of the 16-PF

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