Adjective Check List

Individual Report: Original Scales

Individual Report: Original Scales

Builds a report that interprets an individual's ACL Original 37 Scale scores. You invite participants to take the survey and Transform™ generates their reports.

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Adjective Check List (ACL)
Individual Report

by Harrison G. Gough and Alfred B. Heilbrun, Jr.
Copyright © 1965, 1980, 1983, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 by Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc.

Upon purchase of a ACL Individual Report: Original Scales, you will receive an email from which includes a login link to your Mind Garden Transform account where you will administer the ACL Original Scales survey via a campaign. Follow the steps to create the campaign, set the campaign options, invite your participants to complete the survey, and monitor their progress. Upon a participant's completion of the survey, their ACL Individual Report: Original Scales is automatically generated and released at your discretion.

Each ACL Individual Report: Original Scales includes one ACL Transform Survey Hosting: Original Scales (Data) license (to collect the data) and one ACL Individual Report: Original Scales license (to generate the report).

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The ACL offers a full sphere of psychological trait assessments. The Adjective Check List Standard Scales are:

Modus operandi: Four scales assessing ways in which the respondent has approached the task of describing self or others.

  • Number Checked: The total number of adjectives checked
  • Favorable: The number of socially desirable adjectives checked
  • Unfavorable: The number of unfavorable (socially undesirable) adjectives checked
  • Communality: Correspondence of responses to the pattern of checking typically found among people-in-general

Need scales: Fifteen scales assessing psychological needs or wants identified as important in Henry A. Murray’s need-press theory of personality.

  • Achievement: To strive to be outstanding in pursuits of socially recognized significance
  • Dominance: To seek and maintain a role as leader in groups, or to be influential and controlling in individual relationships
  • Endurance: To persist in any task undertaken
  • Order: To place special emphasis on neatness, organization, and planning in one's activities
  • Intraception: To engage in attempts to understand one's own behavior or the behavior of others
  • Nurturance: To engage in behaviors that provide material or emotional benefits to others
  • Affiliation: To seek and maintain numerous personal friendships
  • Heterosexuality: To seek the company of and derive emotional satisfaction from interactions with opposite-sex peers
  • Exhibition: To behave in such a way as to elicit the immediate attention of others
  • Autonomy: To act independently of others or of social values and expectations
  • Aggression: To engage in behaviors that attack or hurt others
  • Change: To seek novelty of experience and avoid routine
  • Succorance: To solicit sympathy, affection, or emotional support from others
  • Abasement: To express feelings of inferiority through self-criticism, guilt, or social impotence
  • Deference: To seek and maintain subordinate roles in relationships with others

Topical scales: Nine scales assessing a diverse set of attributes, potentialities, and role characteristics.

  • Counseling Readiness: Readiness to accept counseling or professional advice in regard to personal problems, psychological difficulties and the like
  • Self-Control: The extent to which self-control is imposed, and valued
  • Self-Confidence: Self-confidence, poise, and self-assurance
  • Personal Adjustment: Good adjustment in the sense of the ability to cope with situational and interpersonal demands, and a feeling of efficacy
  • Ideal Self: Strong sense of personal worth; or, harmony between what one is and what one wants to be
  • Creative Personality: The desire to do and think differently from the norm, and a talent for originality
  • Military Leader: Steadiness, self-discipline, and good judgment of the kind required in positions of military (or related) leadership
  • Masculine: Role-qualities such as ambition, assertiveness, and initiative associated with everyday notions of masculinity
  • Feminine: Role-qualities such as helpfulness, sympathy, and affection associated with everyday notions of femininity

Transactional Analysis scales: Five scales, an Egogram, assessing components of ego functioning from the Transactional Analysis (TA) theory of personality developed by Eric Berne.

  • Critical Parent: Attitudes of evaluation, severity, and skepticism associated with the concept of a "critical parent"
  • Nurturing Parent: Attitudes of support, stability, and acceptance associated with the concept of a "nurturing parent"
  • Adult: Attitudes of independence, objectivity, and industriousness associated with the concept of a "mature adult"
  • Free Child: Attitudes of playfulness, impulsivity, and self-centeredness associated with the concept of a "free" or very expressive child
  • Adapted Child: Attitudes of deference, conformity, and self-discipline associated with the concept of an "adapted" or very dutiful child

Origence-intellectence scales: Four scales assessing the balance between preferences for affective-emotional and rational-realistic modes of functioning from George Welsh’s structural dimensions of personality.

  • High Origence-Low Intellectence: Feelings and emotion (high origence) valued more highly than detachment and rationality (low intellectence). High scores suggest informality, vitality, and playfulness
  • High Origence-High Intellectence: High value place on both affect (origence) and rationality (intellectence). High scores suggest versatility, unconventionality, and individuality
  • Low Origence-Low Intellectence: No particular value placed on either origence or intellectence. High scores suggest contentment, conventionality, and optimism
  • Low Origence-High Intellectence: Rationality and analysis (intellectence) valued more highly than feelings and emotion (origence). High scores suggest logicality, industriousness, and cognitive clarity

To review a sample ACL Individual Report: Original Scales, please click here.

View Report Section Titles

Modus Operandi Scales
Need Scales
Topical Scales
Transactional Analysis Scales
Origence-Intellectence Scales
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Alternative Report Type - Report About Me

If you want a ACL Original Scales report for yourself only, purchase a ACL Report About Me: Original Scales.

To view a sample report, click here.

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).

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