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ERIC Number: EJ809868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-3590
Brain Modules, Personality Layers, Planes of Being, Spiral Structures, and the Equally Implausible Distinction between TCI-R "Temperament" and "Character" Scales: Reply to Cloninger (2008)
Farmer, Richard F.; Goldberg, Lewis R.
Psychological Assessment, v20 n3 p300-304 Sep 2008
In this reply the authors address comments by C. R. Cloninger (2008) related to their report (R. F. Farmer & L. R. Goldberg, 2008) on the psychometric properties of the revised Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI-R) and a short inventory derivative, the TCI-140. Even though Cloninger's psychobiological model has undergone substantial theoretical modifications, the relevance of these changes for the evaluation and use of the TCI-R remains unclear. Aspects of TCI-R assessment also appear to be theoretically and empirically incongruent with Cloninger's assertion that TCI-R personality domains are nonlinear and dynamic in nature. Several other core assumptions from the psychobiological model, including this most recent iteration, are nonfalsifiable, inconsistently supported, or have no apparent empirical basis. Although researchers using the TCI and TCI-R have frequently accepted the temperament-character distinction and associated theoretical ramifications, for example, the authors found little overall support for the differentiation of TCI-R domains into these 2 basic categories. The implications of these observations for TCI-R assessment are briefly discussed. (Contains 1 table and 2 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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