The Mini-IPIP

Main | Vita | Mini-IPIP | Request Articles

If you are interested in a very short measure of the Big Five personality traits (Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Intellect/Imagination), Brent Donnellan, Fred Oswald, Brendan Baird, and I developed a 20-item measure based on the International Personality Item Pool. You are free to use the scale for your research projects; the reference is:

Donnellan, M.B., Oswald, F.L., Baird, B.M., & Lucas, R.E. (2006). The mini-IPIP scales: Tiny-yet-effective measures of the Big Five factors of personality. Psychological Assessment, 18, 192-203.

One Note of Caution: This measure was designed to provide a very short measure of the Big Five traits for instances when longer measures are simply not feasible. For instance, this measure will be useful in large-scale studies with large sample sizes where each item must be chosen very carefully and few items can be used to assess any particular construct. It is not meant to be a replacement for longer measures, and researchers should be careful in their interpretation of the results that emerge when using this or any other very short measure. Because these scales have somewhat low reliabilities, null results should be interpreted cautiously. For instance, we do not believe that these scales should be used to show that the Big Five traits do not relate to some other measure or outcome, nor should they be used to show that an additional construct has incremental validity over these traits (particularly when those constructs are assessed using more reliable measures).

Instructions: On the following pages, there are phrases describing people's behaviors. Please use the rating scale below to describe how accurately each statement describes you. Describe yourself as you generally are now, not as you wish to be in the future. Describe yourself as you honestly see yourself, in relation to other people you know of the same sex as you are, and roughly your same age. So that you can describe yourself in an honest manner, your responses will be kept in absolute confidence. Please read each statement carefully, and then fill in the bubble that corresponds to the number on the scale.

1=Very Inaccurate
2=Moderately Inaccurate
3=Neither Inaccurate nor Accurate
4=Moderately Accurate
5=Very Accurate

  1. Am the life of the party (E)
  2. Sympathize with others' feelings (A)
  3. Get chores done right away (C)
  4. Have frequent mood swings (N)
  5. Have a vivid imagination (I)
  6. Don't talk a lot (E)
  7. Am not interested in other people's problems (A)
  8. Often forget to put things back in their proper place (C)
  9. Am relaxed most of the time (N)
  10. Am not interested in abstract ideas (I)
  11. Talk to a lot of different people at parties (E)
  12. Feel others' emotions (A)
  13. Like order (C)
  14. Get upset easily (N)
  15. Have difficulty understanding abstract ideas (I)
  16. Keep in the background (E)
  17. Am not really interested in others (A)
  18. Make a mess of things (C)
  19. Seldom feel blue (N)
  20. Do not have a good imagination (I)

Note: Items 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 are reverse scored.

Author: Richard E. Lucas

Created: 2013-07-01 Mon 10:09

Emacs 24.3.1 (Org mode 8.0.3)

Validate XHTML 1.0