Reply to Ben-Porath and Waller

Paul T. Costa, Robert R. McCrae

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In response to comments by Ben-Porath and Waller (1992, this issue), we note that (a) no self-report instrument can provide a complete clinical evaluation, but personality measures may contribute to the evaluation; (b) the use of validity scales is controversial and cannot supplant clinical judgment; (c) the NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI) embodies a hierarchical model of personality structure that can aid the interpretation of profiles; (d) anxiety, depression, and impulsiveness (inability to control urges) are all aspects of Neuroticism; and (e) the time has come for a systematic reevaluation of all measures used in clinical assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-22
Number of pages3
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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