Delroy L. Paulhus (UBC)

             offers a

Whirlwind of Psychological Tests









 In the Public Domain

The following questionnaires are available without permission. Feel free to download and use as needed.


Spheres of Control (SOC-3). This 30-item instrument taps three domains of perceived control: Personal Control, Interpersonal Control, and Socio-Political Control.  Although positively intercorrelated, the three subscales often predict distinctive criteria.

Free Will and Determinism (FAD-Plus). This 27-item instrument measures two types of determinism (fatalism & scientific causation) as well as two types of non-determinism (free will & chance).   These beliefs have trait antecedents but are also influenced by a variety of contextual manipulations.

Vancouver Index of Acculturation (VIA)   This 20-item measure of acculturation distinguishes the acquisition of the new (host) cultural tendencies from the loss of old (heritage) cultural tendencies. 

Comprehensive Misconduct Inventory (CMI).  This 50-item instrument covers a wide variety of misbehaviors from mild to extreme.  Factoring yields five clusters: Criminal Behavior, Driving Misconduct, Bullying, Drug & Alcohol abuse and Anti-Authority Aggression.

Bi-dimensional Impression Management Inventory (BIMI).   This 20-item instrument distinguishes agentic and communal forms of impression management. 

Varieties of Sadistic Tendencies (VAST).  This 16-item instrument distinguishes direct and vicarious aspects of the sadistic personality. 

Short Dark Tetrad (SD4).   This 28-item instrument captures subclinical versions of narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism.



 Limited-Use Questionnaires


The following questionnaires are available for research use.  Permission of the author is required.

Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding (BIDR-6).  This 40-item instrument assesses two forms of socially desirable responding.  Self-Deceptive Enhancement is the unconscious tendency to exaggerate one’s positive qualities.  Impression Management  is the conscious tendency to exaggerate one’s positive qualities.

UBC Word test.  This instrument captures verbal ability using 100 vocabulary items.  It is commonly administered as an 8-minute timed test and, therefore, is ideal for research with limited time.  It can even be used in web studies.

Self-Report Psychopathy (SRP) scale.  This 64-item instrument is designed to measure psychopathy in subclinical samples, for example, community residents and students.  It comprises four subscales: Callous Affect, Erratic Life-Style, Interpersonal Manipulation, and Anti-Social Behavior.  The subscales are positively correlated and, therefore, can be summed to yield an overall measure of sub-clinical psychopathy.

Over-Claiming Technique (OCT). This technique analyzes familiarity ratings of a range of persons, places, and things. Signal detection formulas permit the calculation of knowledge accuracy and knowledge exaggeration.  Questionnaires addressing various content domains are available.


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