Adjective Check List

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The Adjective Check List (ACL) is an assessment used to identify common psychological traits. Developed by Harrison G. Gough and Alfred B. Heilbrun, Jr.,[1] the checklist contains 300 adjectives (such as intelligent, cautious, clear-thinking, determined, and poised).[2][3] Respondents select the adjectives that they believe describe themselves (or someone else). The assessment may be administered to an individual, or used by researchers to describe study participants.[1]

Any number of items may be selected from the list of adjectives. In this way, the results are customized to include only those adjectives salient to the individual being assessed.[1] The 300 adjectives correlate to 24 scales: 15 scales assessing needs or wants; and 9 scales assessing "attributes, potentialities, and role characteristics."[4]


  1. ^ a b c "The Adjective Check List". Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Schaubhut, Nancy A.; Nicole A. Herk; Richard C.Thompson (2009). "MBTI Form M Manual Supplement" (PDF). CPP. p. 17. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "DMIDI Adjective Checklist". Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "ACL Scales". Retrieved 8 May 2010.