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ALCHIERI, João Carlos; NUNEZ, Janaína Castro; CERVO, Clarissa Socal  and  HUTZ, Cláudio Simon. Characteristics of convergent and divergent validity of personality evaluation instruments with the Millon Inventory of Personality Styles (MIPS). Aletheia [online]. 2008, n.28, pp.119-134. ISSN 1413-0394.

This study seeks to verify the validity conditions of convergent and divergent aspects in the structure of a personality inventory, the Millon Inventory of Personality Styles (MIPS), and its relation with four of the objective characteristics instruments used by Brazilian psychologists in the verification of personality aspects: Factorial Personality Inventory (IPF), Comey Personality Scale, Beck Scale, and Golberg’s General Health Questionnaire. The basis of the study was 4864 individuals, male and female, aged 18 years or more, from the northern and southern regions of Brazil. The test results were distributed in four groups: the first and second to evalue the concurrent validity and the third and fourth to evalue the divergent validity. It was observed a greater frequency of factors identified in the Interpersonal Relations subscale of the MIPS, with 17 factors of the IPF (social desirability, deference, affiliation, dominance, fulfillment, exhibition, aggression, change and autonomy) with values from 0.30 to 0.44. As for divergent validity (BDI and MIPS), we identified a greater number of associated factors, with greater magnitude in the Interpersonal Relations subscale (-0.25 to 0.62), with content similarity. The values of the retreat, vacillation, discrepancy, submission, control and insatisfaction factors are directly associated with greater points on the BDI, demonstrating a possible relation as to the expression of common depressive affection feelings.

Keywords : MIPS; Millon; Divergent validity; Convergent validity.

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