Integrative Assessment

Integrative Assessment of Personality Values and Motivations by Means of Handwriting Psychology and PVQ-Test

Dr. Yury Chernov
IHS Institute for Handwriting Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Ivan Danyliuk, Ph.D.
Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine

Ludmila Romanyuk, Ph.D.
Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine

Antonina Petrovic, Ph.D
Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine


In Chernov, Y., & Nauer, M. A. (Eds.). (2018). Handwriting Research: Validation & Quality. P. 145-157.

The purpose of the study is to develop an integrated approach to assessing basic human motivations. It combines handwriting analysis as a projective method with the questionnaire-based PVQ (Portrait Value Questionnaire of Schwartz). Values are one of the central concepts in social psychology, anthropology, and related disciplines. They can be defined as internal cognitive structures that manage different choices of a person based on basic principles (right and wrong or good and bad etc.), priorities, and meanings. Like other cognitive constructs values can be studied with the individual and the group (country, nation, age, profession, etc.) level. In the current work, the first one is considered.
The presented pilot study demonstrated that the evaluation of human values according to the PVQ by Schwartz could be well supported by handwriting analysis, which looks at the concept from a different point of view. Five scales, namely, Achievement, Power, Tradition, Benevolence, and Universalism ensure good agreement and can be evaluated by both methods with high reliability. The five remaining scales could be investigated further in order to detect the potential of the modeling improvement.

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