Psychological Test, Minnesota Personality Scale (For Men)

Psychological Test, Minnesota Personality Scale (For Men)

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Psychologists John Gordon Darley (1910-1990) and Walter J. McNamara (1908-1982) were both at the University of Minnesota in the late 1930s. Darley was the director of the Testing Bureau and would become a professor and dean at Minnesota. McNamara was a graduate student who received his PhD. in 1938 and would work at IBM on test construction, perhaps most notably a programmer’s aptitude test.
This is the first edition of a personality scale Darley and McNamara published in 1941. It was specifically designed to test the personality of men – they prepared a similar scale for women. Characteristics tested included morale, social adjustment, family relations, emotionality, and economic conservatism. This test did not prove as influential as another test of personality developed at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.
Compare 1990.0034.58 (also the 1941 test for men) and 1990.0034.59 (the 1941 test for women).
American Psychological Association, 1962 Directory, ed. James Q. Holsopple, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1962, p. 155, 481.
Taxler, Arthur E., “Psychological Tests and Their Uses,” Review of Educational Research, 14 #1, 1944, p. 56.
“Walter J. McNamara,” Rutland [Vermont] Daily Herald, May 10, 1982.
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Psychological Test
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McNamara, Walter J.
Darley, John G.
Psychological Corporation
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paper (overall material)
overall: 21.5 cm x 28 cm; 8 15/32 in x 11 1/32 in
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Gift of David Gold
Psychological Tests
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