What are the personality scales used by universities in Sweden?

Personality is a complex and multifaceted aspect of human behavior that plays a crucial role in shaping an individual’s thoughts, emotions, and actions. As our understanding of personality continues to evolve, universities in Sweden have implemented various personality scales and tests to evaluate and understand their students. These scales serve as a valuable tool for universities to gain insight into the personality traits of their students, which can aid in academic success, career development, and overall personal growth. In this article, we will explore some of the commonly used personality scales by universities in Sweden and how they are utilized to enhance the educational experience of students.

Swedish Universities Scales of Personality (SSP) is a personality test based on the older Karolinska Scales of Personality (KSP). It is originally in Swedish but has been translated to English. The personality profile is presented in t-score (mean 50 and standard deviation 10). Both the SSP questionnaire and the scoring algorithm is free of charge.


Personality dimensions

SSP includes 91 items and yields 13 personality scales:

  • Somatic trait anxiety
  • Psychic trait anxiety
  • Stress susceptibility
  • Lack of ascertiveness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Adventure Seeking
  • Detachment
  • Social Desirability
  • Embitterment
  • Trait Irritability
  • Mistrust
  • Verbal trait aggression
  • Physical trait aggression
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