What assessments are associated with Albert Bandura—Social-cognitive theory?

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The Social-Cognitive theory is based on social, cognitive and cultural elements as the main components of individual personality traits. As a result, the most widely-used types of assessments to analyze traits are personality inventories and projection assessments.

It is in the triangulation of the data, which is done using factor analysis, that researchers can actually extrapolate and identify specific traits of personality. Some of the most commonly-used personality inventories are the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the California Psychological Inventory (CPI), based on the MMPI.

Another is the Myers-Briggs typology indicator, which tries to match personality traits found in the data with specific jobs. This test, however, follows the Jungian Typology model, and not uniquely the theoretical concepts of Bandura. However, it means to serve the purpose of identifying and separating traits.

Following Bandura's claim that genetic traits alone do not create personality, the Global 5 test looks for trends in areas such as 

  • Extroversion
  • Emotional
  • Stability
  • Orderliness
  • Accommodation
  • Intellect

One of the most widely known projection assessments that can be compatible with Bandura's theory is the Rorschach technique, also known as the inkblot test. This latter example can be almost used universally because the answers depend entirely on the person viewing the inkblot and deciding, based on their own experiences and schema, what it is that they see.

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