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CPI 260 Client Feedback Report


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The CPI 260® Client Feedback Report provides a detailed profile on your unique professional and personal styles and some descriptive information in an easy-to-understand, well-organized graphic presentation. The CPI™ instrument measures personality attributes commonly used to describe people, and from self-ratings accurately describes you, or your employee, as if they had been described by others who know you well. The CPI instrument reveals your approach to life and work and provides a measure of your degree of development and maturity.

This report:

  • presents scores on 26 scales in 5 broad areas: Dealing With Others, Self-Management, Motivations and Thinking Style, Personal Characteristics, and Work-Related Measures
  • provides results on three scales: Interpersonal Approach, Intrapersonal Values, and Level of Satisfaction
  • includes two new enhancements: a Lifestyle Diagram Supplement that plots raw score units and clearly shows where the respondent falls within a quadrant; a diamond in the Lifestyle Diagram on that clearly plots where your lifestyle score falls within that quadrant.

The CPI 260® Client Feedback Report is most helpful for

  • INDIVIDUALS who want a portrait of both personal and work-related characteristics to better understand how they manage themselves and deal with others, as well as their motivations and thinking styles.
  • COMPANIES that want help finding and developing high-performance potential for your organization. It is an excellent tool for leadership development, one-on-one and group coaching, and talent selection.

History of the CPI 260® Instrument

The goal of the CPI 260® assessment, which is derived from the full 434-item California Psychological InventoryTM (CPI™) instrument, is to give a true-to-life description of the respondent in clear, everyday language (Gough & Bradley, 2005). The CPI 260 assessment measures 29 distinct psychological constructs grouped into 6 scale categories:


• 7 Dealing with Others scales, focusing on the manner in which social participation is expressed
• 7 Self-management scales, assessing self-discipline and acceptance of societal rules
• 3 Motivations and Thinking Style scales
• 3 Personal Characteristics scales
• 6 Work-Related Measures scales, assessing disposition at work
• 3 High-Order Measures scales, assessing personal orientations


The attributes of the CPI 260 instrument come from the language of everyday life, more specifically from what may be called “folk concepts” (Gough & Bradley, 2005). A folk concept is a construct about personality that all people everywhere use to comprehend their behavior and the behavior of others. The CPI 260 instrument was designed to assess a sufficient number of folk concepts so that any consequential, recurring form of interpersonal behavior can be forecast, either from a single scale or from a combination of scales.


The scales of the CPI 260 instrument were developed empirically—that is, scale items were selected on the basis of associations with external or nontest specifications of the attribute to be assessed. This method emphasizes validity over reliability and was used to design scales capable of predicting important criteria such as managerial performance and a worker’s dependability.


As discussed in the manuals for the 434-item inventory (Gough & Bradley, 2002; Gough & Cook, 1996), abundant empirical and theoretical source material exists for the CPI instrument, which enjoys more than 50 years of usage, translations and study in more than 40 languages, and a bibliography of approximately 2,000 titles. Because of the very strong correlations between CPI 260 scales and their corresponding measures on the 434-item CPI instrument, data found in the CPI™ Manual and research literature can be safely applied to interpretation of the CPI 260 scales. The CPI™ Manual reports internal consistency (alpha) coefficients for the CPI 260 assessment scales based on a random sample of 3,000 males and 3,000 females, ranging from .54 to .86 with a median of .75. Test-retest correlations for high school students over a one-year interval range from .52 to .73 with a median of .66. Test-retest correlations for adults over a 10-year interval range from .49 to .85 with a median of .77.


Gough, H. G., & Cook, M. (1996). CPITM-434 manual. Oxford: Oxford Psychologists Press.

Gough, H. G., & Bradley, P. (1996/2002). CPITM manual (3rd ed.). Mountain View, CA: CPP, Inc.

Gough, H. G. & Bradley, P. (2005). CPI 260TM Manual. Mountain View, CA: CPP, Inc.

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