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Problems with personality tests and counselor solutions

Give an analysis of one of the personality tests (MMPI-2, NEO PI-R, or BSI) relative to its potential bias against or for a particular culture, diversity group, or special needs population. What can a therapist do to counter this potential bias?

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In as much as the 16 PF is designed to assess normal aspects of personality, employers find this instrument a good source for assessing normative behavior required for certain positions. The 16 PF is one of the most widely used tests that measures personality characteristics sought by employers (Hayes, 1993).

Since the 16 PF is one of many personality assessment instruments, it must reflect personality theory as well as serve to aid an employer. Of the 4 major personality theories, psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, and biological, the 16 PF seems to fit well under the humanistic category. According to the humanists, some individuals are prone to achieve a higher status than others. Furthermore, the humanist theory is based on self-actualization. The more positive a person thinks of himself or herself, the stronger the tendencies are for any trait (Weiten 2007). Self-actualization tendencies include perception of reality accurately and fully, have a well developed, non-hostile sense of humor, and have a strong ethical sense (Plonsky 2008). The self-actualization tendencies are shown in the 16 PF test as shown in table 1*. Furthermore, since self-actualization is an integral part of ...

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This solution discusses possible bias issues and problems with personality tests and how a counselor can find solutions to adjust for these possible problems. The text contains 693 words and references.