Handbook of Research Methods in Personality Psychology

Edited by Richard W. Robins, R. Chris Fraley, Robert F. Krueger

© 2011 – Guilford Press

719 pages

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About the Book

Bringing together leading investigators, this comprehensive handbook is a one-stop reference for anyone planning or conducting research on personality. It provides up-to-date analyses of the rich array of methodological tools available today, giving particular attention to real-world theoretical and logistical challenges and how to overcome them. In chapters filled with detailed, practical examples, readers are shown step by step how to formulate a suitable research design, select and use high-quality measures, and manage the complexities of data analysis and interpretation. Coverage ranges from classic methods like self-report inventories and observational procedures to such recent innovations as neuroimaging and genetic analyses.


"Provides very thoughtful explorations and descriptions of three sets of topics that by and large represent a coherent system of research in personality psychology: design, measurement, and analysis….What I like about the book is that each chapter is concise and right to the point; since many different areas of design and measurement are covered, it provides an excellent reference for researchers." - PsycCRITIQUES

"The fact that no model for a comprehensive personality research methods resource existed before this handbook makes the accomplishment even more impressive still….The editors and authors are to be applauded for providing a significant contribution to psychological science. The volume will find a place on the shelves and desks of many personality researchers for years to come." - Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

"Three rising stars of personality psychology have brought together a 'who's who' of the field to address an almost unbelievably comprehensive set of issues in personality research. The book covers virtually every problem or issue that arises in thinking about how to plan research, assess personality, or analyze the resulting data." - Charles S. Carver, Department of Psychology, University of Miami, USA

"A superb textbook and reference for graduate and undergraduate students just entering the field and hoping to conduct their own research. The book is essential for seasoned personality researchers too, because it covers exciting new methods that didn’t exist when we veterans were trained….The sophistication, scope, and engaging prose style of this volume reflect the vitality of the field itself." - Phillip R. Shaver, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis, USA

Table of Contents

Part 1. Designing a Personality Study. D.P. McAdams, J.L. Pals, The Role of Theory in Personality Assessment. M.B. Donnellan, R.D. Conger, Designing and Implementing Longitudinal Studies. W. Revelle, Experimental Approaches to the Study of Personality. R.F. Krueger, J.L. Tackett, Behavior Genetic Designs. T.S. Conner, L. Feldman Barrett, M.M. Tugade, H. Tennen, Idiographic Personality: The Theory and Practice of Experience Sampling. A.C. Elms, Psychobiography and Case Study Methods. P. Cramer, Mining Archival Data. R.C. Fraley, Using the Internet for Personality Research: What Can Be Done, How to Do It, and Some Concerns. R.C. Fraley, M.J. Marks, The Null Hypothesis Significance-Testing Debate and Its Implications for Personality Research. V. Benet-Martínez, Cross-Cultural Personality Research: Conceptual and Methodological Issues. S. Vazire, S.D. Gosling, A.S. Dickey, S.J. Schapiro, Measuring Personality in Nonhuman Animals. Part 2. Methods for Assessing Personality at Different Levels of Analysis. K.H. Craik, Taxonomies, Trends, and Integrations. D.L. Paulhus, S. Vazire, The Self-Report Method. L.J. Simms, D. Watson, The Construct Validation Approach to Personality Scale Construction. R.R. McCrae, A. Weiss, Observer Ratings of Personality. R.M. Furr, D.C. Funder, Behavior Observation. B.A. Woike, Content Coding of Open-Ended Responses. A.V. Song, D.K. Simonton, Personality Assessment at a Distance. O.C. Schultheiss, J.S. Pang, Measuring Implicit Motives. M.D. Robinson, Lives Lived in Milliseconds: Using Cognitive Methods in Personality Research. J.S. Beer, M.V. Lombardo, Patient and Neuroimaging Methodologies. L.M. Diamond, K. Otter-Henderson, Physiological Measures. R.P. Ebstein, R. Bachner-Melman, S. Israel, L. Nemanov, I. Gritsenko, The Human Genome Project and Personality: What We Can Learn about Our Inner and Outer Selves through Our Genes. Part 3. Analyzing and Interpreting Personality Data. J. Morizot, A.T. Ainsworth, S.P. Reise, Toward Modern Psychometrics: Application of Item Response Theory Models in Personality Research. K. Lee, M.C. Ashton, Factor Analysis in Personality Research. R.H. Hoyle, Applications of Structural Equation Modeling in Personality Research. O.P. John, C.J. Soto, The Importance of Being Valid: Reliability and the Process of Construct Validation. D.J. Ozer, Evaluating Effect Size in Personality Research. J.B. Nezlek, Multilevel Modeling in Personality Research. W. Fleeson, Studying Personality Processes: Explaining Change in Between-persons Longitudinal and Within-Person Multilevel Models. D.K. Mroczek, The Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Personality Research. J.W. Grice, Person-Centered Structural Analyses. S.G. West, L.S. Aiken, W. Wu, A.B. Taylor, Multiple Regression: Applications of the Basics and Beyond in Personality Research. W.F. Chaplin, Moderator and Mediator Models in Personality Research: A Basic Introduction. Y. Shoda, Computational Modeling of Personality as a Dynamical System. B.W. Roberts, N.R. Kuncel, W. Viechtbauer, T. Bogg, Meta-Analysis in Personality Psychology: A Primer. R.W. Robins, J.L. Tracy, J.W. Sherman, What Kinds of Methods Do Personality Psychologists Use? A Survey of Journal Editors and Editorial Board Members.

About the Editors

Edited by Richard W. Robins, PhD, University of California, Davis, USA, R. Chris Fraley, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA, and Robert F. Krueger, PhD, University of Minnesota, USA

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