Engaged Learning Collection


Dr. Michael Chmielewski

Publication Date

Fall 2013


The assessment of personality has important implications for clinicians, personality researchers, and the workplace setting. The accurate assessment of personality is therefore crucial to these various fields. However, measurement error has not had the necessary attention it deserves. In particular, the effect of transient measurement error on personality assessment has only begun to be recently studied. Furthermore, only undergraduate samples of relatively homogenous studies have been examined. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of transient error for personality assessment in an older, more diverse population. Participants completed a test-retest study across a time frame (1 week) in which the personality measures included should show little or no change. Results suggest that transient error may in fact have less of an influence in older, more diverse populations than prior undergraduate samples.

Document Type



Engaged Learning


Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychiatry and Psychology


15 pages




The files in this collection are protected by copyright law. No commercial reproduction or distribution of these files is permitted without the written permission of Southern Methodist University, Office of the Provost. These files may be freely used for educational purposes, provided they are not altered in any way, and Southern Methodist University is cited. For more information, contact ncds@smu.edu.