oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Personality assessment through third party interview: How valid?
The personality of one hundred and \ seventy-seven subjects in four groups of varying length and depth of relationship was assessed twice using the Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI). The subjects filled out the EPI (S) and secondly the EPI was rated during interview with friends or spouses (F). The difference between the two assessments of personality was compared using appropriate statistical tests. Results show that the third parties who had related with the subjects for more than 3 years were able to give a valid account of the personality especially in the Introversion-Extroversion component. Lowest validity coefficients were obtained in the Neuroticism component of the personality. The spouses gave the most valid account of personality though some husbands rated their wives exceptionally high on the Neuroticism scale.
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