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Avaliação Psicológica

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ZANON, Cristian; LESSA, João Paulo Araújo  and  DELLAZZANA-ZANON, Letícia Lovato. Acquiescence in self-report personality assessment: A comparison between methods. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.17, n.4, pp. 428-438. ISSN 1677-0471.

The use of self-report instruments to assess personality is widely known for being efficient, practical and economical. However, acquiescent responding, which is the tendency of participants to endorse items regardless of their content, may negatively impact on the psychometric properties of these instruments. The objective of this study was to evaluate factor models of personality structure by using different methods for the control of response styles. The first method, simpler and easier to implement, was developed by Soto et al., (2008), and the second method, more complex and sophisticated, was developed by Maydeu-Olivares and Coffman (2006). The sample was composed by 433 undergraduate students who answered the Brazilian version of the Big Five Inventory. Results revealed that controlling for acquiesce response style is essential for a proper personality assessment, and that the Maydeu-Olivares and Coffman's method presented a more theoretically acceptable solution for the Big Five model. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Keywords : validity; Big Five; Acquiescence.

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