Short-term stability of NEO-PI-R personality trait scores in opioid-dependent outpatients

J. A. Carter, K. B. Stoller, V. L. King, M. S. Kidorf, J. H. Herbst, Jr Costa, R. K. Brooner

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The present study examined the short-term stability of personality trait scores from the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) among 230 opioid-dependent outpatients. The NEO-PI-R is a 240-item empirically developed measure of the five-factor model of personality (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness). Participants completed the NEO-PI-R at admission and again approximately 19 weeks later. Results indicated fair to good stability for all NEO-PI-R factor domain scores, with coefficients ranging from .68 to .74. Stability of NEO-PI-R scores was decreased among potentially invalid response patterns but was not significantly affected by drug-positive versus drug-negative status at follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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