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16pf Adolescent Personality Questionnaire (APQ)

Clinical | Educational | Career Assessments | Personality | Academic Functioning | Clinical Diagnosis

The 16pf Adolescent Personality Questionnaire (APQ)is a self-report personality inventory that was specifically  developed and normed for adolescents.  It  elicits  valuable  information  regarding  the youth’s personal style, problem-solving  abilities,  preferred  work  activities,  and  areas  where  the youth  is  having  problems,  making  the  APQ  appropriate  for  screening  and  for  introducing  sensitive topics in a counselling situation.

The APQ includes four sections:

  • Your Personal Style (normal personality items)
  • Problem-Solving (a short measure of general reasoning ability)
  • Work Activity Preferences (measures six career-interest variables)
  • Life’s Difficulties (optional questions concerning matters of aggression, significant low mood, low  sense  of  self,  discouragement,  cynicism,  violent  feelings,  sexual  activity,  drug/alcohol use, and other areas).


The APQ has 16 Primary Scales which load onto 5 Global Factors (Extraversion, Anxiety, Tough-Mindedness,Independence, Self-Control). The 16 Primary Scales are:

  • Warmth
  • Liveliness
  • Vigilance
  • Openness to Change
  • Reasoning
  • Rule-Consciousness
  • Abstractedness
  • Self-Reliance
  • Emotional Stability
  • Social Boldness
  • Privateness
  • Perfectionism
  • Dominance
  • Sensitivity
  • Apprehension
  • Tension


The APQ is useful in areas where personality is relevant – educational adjustment, personal or social difficulty, and passage through one’s developmental tasks. The Work Activity Preferences section is particularly helpful with career exploration. In addition, the normal personality section (Your Personal Style) and Work Activity section help professionals adjust their approach to the characteristics of the young person.


The APQ has the following two software reports available:

  • APQ  Guidance  Report: The first part of this report is written for the adolescent and provides personality feedback, as well as a ranking of the young person’s work activity preferences and brief descriptions of the student’s top two work styles, including sample jobs. The professional’s section includes raw scores, graphed score profiles, predicted grade point average, and six work activities (similar to Holland’s themes), as well as providing the professional with insights on how to work with the adolescent.
  • APQ Psychological Report: provides the same information as the Guidance Report, but with the addition of the Life’s Difficulties information in the professional’s section of the report. The Life’s Difficulties information reports on the adolescent’s answers to the  questions  about  worry, discouragement, cynicism, violent feelings, sexual activity, drug/alcohol use, and other areas.


Although South African research and norms are not yet available for the 16pf APQ, JVR Psychometrics welcomes the opportunity to partner with clients in conducting research studies in their organisations.

Basic info



Age range

Individuals ages 11 - 22 years

Administration time

65 minutes

Comparison group

Global norms

Language availability


Scoring options

Client Services

Integrated report options


Additional info

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