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Evolution & Model
The goal of the CPI260™ assessment, which is derived from the full 434-item California Psychological Inventory™ (CPI™) instrument, is to give a true-to-life description of the respondent in clear, everyday language (Gough & Bradley, 2005). The CPI260™ assessment measures 29 distinct psychological constructs grouped into 6 scale categories:
- 7 Dealing with Others scales, focusing on the manner in which social participation is expressed
- 7 Self-management scales, assessing self-discipline and acceptance of societal rules
- 3 Motivations and Thinking Style scales
- 3 Personal Characteristics scales
- 6 Work-Related Measures scales, assessing disposition at work
- 3 High-Order Measures scales, assessing personal orientations
The attributes of the CPI260™ instrument come from the language of everyday life, more specifically from what may be called “folk concepts” (Gough & Bradley, 2005). A folk concept is a construct about personality that all people everywhere use to comprehend their behavior and the behavior of others.
The CPI260™ instrument was designed to assess a sufficient number of folk concepts so that any consequential, recurring form of interpersonal behavior can be forecast, either from a single scale or from a combination of scales.
The tool is helpful for human resource and training personnel, as well as consultants involved in recruitment and selection, executive development and leadership training programs:
Recruitment: Skilled interviewers can ask questions that reveal some aspects of an applicant’s true behaviour, but the CPI260™ instrument, with its validity detectors, provides further insights with extraordinary accuracy.
Cost Savings: The CPI260™ instrument can be administered to large groups of people and computer-scored at very low cost.
Personal Growth: It uses non-technical language and describes behaviour in everyday terms that are easily comprehended.
ReportsCPI260™ Client Feedback Report: Measures personality attributes used to describe professional and personal styles. CPI260™ Coaching Report for Leaders: Identifies leaders’ strengths and blind spots.
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Reliability & ValidityAbundant source material exists for the CPI™ instrument, which enjoys more than 50 years of usage, translations as well as study in more than 40 languages. The CPI™ Manual reports internal consistency (alpha) coefficients for the CPI260™ assessment scales based on a random sample of 3,000 males and 3,000 females, ranging from .54 to .86 with a median of .75. Test-retest correlations for high school students over a one-year interval range from .52 to .73 with a median of .66.
CPI260™ Manual: Describes how to ethically administer the instrument and interpret scores.
CPI260™ Client Feedback Report Guide for Interpretation: Helps you interpret scores and apply results in a business setting.
CPI260™ Coaching Report for Leaders User's Guide: Explains how to interpret and apply results for leadership development.
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