Assessing creativity with self-report scales: A review and empirical evaluation

Paul J. Silvia, Benjamin Wigert, Roni Reiter-Palmon, James C. Kaufman

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This article reviews recent developments in the assessment of creativity using self-report scales. We focus on four new and promising scales: the Creative Achievement Questionnaire, the Biographical Inventory of Creative Behaviors, the revised Creative Behavior Inventory, and the Creative Domain Questionnaire. For each scale, we review evidence for reliability, validity, and structure, and we discuss important methodological features for users to consider. We then present new analyses of each scale based on a large, diverse sample. We evaluate each scale's item-level and scale-level psychometric features, using both classical test theory and item response theory, and we examine how the scales converge. All four scales performed well and covaried highly with each other. Based on the latest generation of tools, self-report creativity assessment is probably much better than creativity researchers think it is.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


  • Assessment
  • Creativity
  • Measurement
  • Psychometrics
  • Reliability
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Applied Psychology

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