Gough, Harrison G.


Harrison Gough, Ph.D., (1921-2014) was best-known for his work on psychological assessment, in particular the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and the Adjective Check List (ACL). Both of these widely-used instruments have been translated into more than 40 languages and the CPI has a bibliography of more than 2,000 titles. In addition, Gough published 36 other tests, including measures of verbal and nonverbal ability (College Vocabulary Test and Perceptual Acuity Test), attitudes (Population Policy Questionnaire), occupational interests (Correctional Officers' Interest Blank), information (Drug and Alcohol Information Survey), word associations (Scientific Word Association Test), research styles (Research Scientist's Q-sort), and the first published test for assessing "integrity" (Personnel Reaction Blank). He wrote the section on psychological tests and measurements for the 16th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the chapter on personality and personality assessment for the first edition of Marvin Dunnette's Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Gough developed the CPI and ACL to help meet the need of this program for measures of self-fulfillment and personal integration. In the Department of Psychology, Gough taught courses in assessment, psychodiagnosis, and personality theory.

To learn more about Gough, please read this memoriam by The FABBS Foundation.

The photo below is of Rob Devine, author of the Success Factors Report with Harrison Gough, author of the ACL and CPI.

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