The three elements of the
"personality triad" are the person, the situation, and
behavior. The Riverside Accuracy Project uses Jack Block's
personality Q-sort (adapted) to describe persons (the California
Adult Q-sort or CAQ), the Riverside Behavioral Q-sort to
describe behaviors, and the (new) Riverside Situational Q-sort
to describe situations. To see the items of these
instruments, follow the links below.
Adult Q-sort (CAQ)
This instrument for the comprehensive description of personality
was developed by Jack Block and revised for use by
non-professionals by Bem and Funder (1978).
Nearly all of the publications from our lab using the CAQ have
used this revision; to see the items click
recently, Block (2008) published a revised version of the CAQ,
clarifying and simplifying much of the language. In
2012, Esther Guillaume and David Funder revised this version
further, to make it easier for non-psychologists to understand
and to facilitate translation into other languages. To see
this version, click here.
Please note that this version is not the one included in
the computer file listed below.
An excellent resource on the basis of the CAQ, and about
Q-sorting in general, is the updated version of
Jack Block's classic book.
Behavioral Q-sort (Version 3.11)
This is a
revised version designed to be more broadly useful outside of
the experimental settings in which the original versions were
Riverside Situational Q-sort Version 4.0
This latest version, with 90 items, was written to be more easy
to translate into languages other than English and to cover
aspects of situations that might be relevant to cross-cultural
Situational Q-sort Version 3.15
Most recently published research uses this version, which has 89 items.
For an older version (RSQ 2.0) used in some past research,
The RSQ and the RBQ have been translated into many languages other
than English (so far). You can access some of the translations
using the links below.
Arabic translations provided by Dr.
Chinese translations provided by Dr.
Danish translations provided by Lars
Dutch translations provided by Dr.
Andreas Wismeijer, Dr. Marcel van Aken, and Dr. Jaap Denissen
Estonian translations provided by Dr.
German translations provided by John
Rauthmann and Dr. Jaap Denissen
Italian translations provided by Dr.
Japanese translations provided by Dr.
Tatsuya Sato and Sakiko Kumagai
Spanish translations provided by Dr.
The Riverside Accuracy Project Q-Sorter Program is available for download. We strongly recommend that you download
and read the instruction manual before attempting to use the
program. This program requires the use of a PC running either
Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP. This program will not work on a
Mac or computers running older versions of Windows.
does work with Vista, if all the latest updates are
installed. As Windows continues to be "improved,"
this program may become non-functional and we are currently
working on a replacement.
to installing the program you will need to have Microsoft DotNet
framework installed (see below for link).
Note: This program is
becoming more difficult to use over time as Windows continues to
issue new versions and drops support for programs that worked on
earlier versions. In an attempt to circumvent this
problem, a web-based version of the Q-sort program is currently under development.
This program is offered
to you to use free of charge. See the important
To download the files
using Internet Explorer, right click on the file name and
select "save target as..".
Q-Sorter Instructions (Adobe
Acrobat Reader required):
If you use Vista, please
read the following additional notes.
Q-Sort Deck Files:
(Bem-Funder, 1978 revision)
RBQ 3.11 (please see note
on updated items)
would appreciate appropriate acknowledgment of this program
and/or the Q-sort decks in any publications or research reports
that use them. We also invite comments and
notifications of any problems you might have. Contact us
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University of California. While you are welcome to use and
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