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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 48 (2006) 6, 435 - 444

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A comparative study of two methods of personality assessment, the TCI and the NVM (Dutch shortened version of the MMPI)

M.A. Bosscha, C.J.M. van Velzen, Y. Meesters

background Various types of reliable instruments are available for measuring personality dimensions. One of these instruments is the nvm, which is a Dutch shortened version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, but its use is no longer permitted.
aim To find out whether the Temperament and Character Inventory (tci) can serve as an alternative to the nvm.
method A study has compared the nvm questionnaire to the tci, which is a personality questionnaire designed from a more psychiatric perspective. The two types of questionnaire were completed by 91 psychiatric (out)patients. Correlation analyses were performed.
results Statistically significant correlations were found between the various scales of the nvm and the tci. Unique combinations of the tci scales were found to predict the various nvm scales.
conclusion It is worth considering the tci as an alternative to the nvm.

keywords diagnosis, Nederlandse Verkorte MMPI, personality, questionnaire, Temperament and Character Inventory