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Title: Tridimensional personality questionnaire with an adult probation population
Authors: Kemp, Kathleen
Keywords: Psychology;Personality;Probation
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2009
Abstract: There has been a substantial increase in the number of adults under the supervision of local, state, or federal probation in the United States. Although there has been concern about the increasing numbers, few research studies have systematically explored the personality characteristics of the adult probation population. The tendency of extant research to focus on disorders, rather than personality dimensions, limits our knowledge and treatment of the probation population. A more dimensional approach to studying personality characteristics is needed to inform efforts at preventing criminal justice involvement and treating those individuals already involved with the system. Many questionnaires have been developed from factor analysis alone to assess personality using a trait-based approach (e.g., NEO-PI). In contrast, the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ) was conceptually based on a psychobiological framework that utilized research linking personality and genetic factors. Seven hundred and seven adult probationers in the three largest cities in Connecticut completed several questionnaires, including a demographics questionnaire and the TPQ. The current study is designed to examine the factor-loading of the TPQ with a probation sample. Findings suggest that the previously identified factor structure of the TPQ is not appropriate for use with a probation population. The TPQ higher order scales did not appear to be reliable constructs of novelty seeking, harm avoidance, and reward dependence with a probation sample.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3066
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