Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire

1. Tellegen, A. (1982). Brief manual for the multidimensional personality questionnaire. Unpublished manuscript, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1031-1010.
2. The University of Minnesota Press. MPQ (Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire) Standard.   Retrieved March 28th, 2017, from


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Main PPWB construct measured: Psychological well-being

Sub-constructs measured: N/A

Available subscales: 18 subscales including one primary trait subscale labeled “Well-being” and one broader trait called “Positive Emotional Temperament” (that relates to the “Well-being”, “Social Potency”, “Achievement” and “Social Closeness” primary traits subscales).

Description:  The Well-being subscale assesses the disposition to experience positive emotions, whereas the Positive Emotional Temperament captures the behaviors and temperamental characteristics conducive to joy, and to active and rewarding engagement with social and work environments.

Number of items: 276 items for the whole questionnaire, including 23 for the Well-being trait subscale and 89 items for the Positive Emotional Temperament broader trait.

Example of statement/item: “I see a bright future ahead”

Response options:  0 “False”, 1 “True”

Total score: Items are summed, yielding a range from 0 to 23 for the Well-being trait subscale and 0 to 89 for the Positive Emotional Temperament broader trait, with higher scores indicating greater levels of well-being and positive temperament, respectively.

Other forms available (and related citation):

A) Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire-Brief Form (MPQ-BF) (Patrick, C. J., Curtin, J. J., & Tellegen, A. (2002). Development and validation of a brief form of the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire. Psychol Assess, 14(2), 150-163.)

Examples of studies:

1. Leventhal, A. M., Japuntich, S. J., Piper, M. E., Jorenby, D. E., Schlam, T. R., & Baker, T. B. (2012). Isolating the role of psychological dysfunction in smoking cessation: relations of personality and psychopathology to attaining cessation milestones. Psychol Addict Behav, 26(4), 838-849.

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