Testing the structure and process of personality using ambulatory assessment data: An overview of within-person and person-specific techniques

Joeri Hofmans, Barbara De Clercq, Peter Kuppens, Lize Verbeke, Thomas A Widiger

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Abstract

In the present article, we discuss the potential of ambulatory assessment for an idiographic study of the structure and process of personality. To this end, we first review important methodological issues related to the design and implementation of an ambulatory assessment study in the personality domain, including methods of ambulatory assessment, frequency of measurement and duration of the study, ambulatory assessment scales and questionnaires, participant selection, training and motivation, and ambulatory assessment hard- and software. Next, we provide a detailed outline of available analytical approaches that can be used to analyze the intensive longitudinal data generated by an ambulatory assessment study. By doing this, we hope to familiarize personality scholars with these methods and to provide guidance for their use in the field of personality psychology and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-443
Number of pages12
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume31
Issue number4
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Ambulatory assessment
  • Idiographic
  • Personality
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Personality Assessment
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Research Design

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