Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ)

The standard, full length MPQ consists of 276 questions. In contrast the Brief Multidimensional Questionnaire (MPS) has 155 items. We typically use the brief MPQ in our research studies.


The MPQ is rated on a 2-point scale as follows:

True False
1 0


The MPQ yields 14 primary scales and 1 validity scale. Description of the scales and item loadings are listed in the scoring information document below. Scale scores are calculated as the sum of respective items. Reverse coded items are indicated in the scoring information document.



R Scoring Syntax File

Scoring information


Tellegen, A. (1990). Manual for the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Tellegen, A., & Waller, N. G. (2008). Exploring personality through test construction: Development of the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire. The SAGE handbook of personality theory and assessment, 2, 261-292.

Cain, N. M., Lukowitsky, M. R., & Wright, A. G. Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology.