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