The South African Personality Inventory (SAPI) was initiated in 2005 and developed over a period of nine years (2005-2014). The construction of this personality inventory was initiated by Prof. Deon Meiring, Prof Fons van de Vijver, Prof Ian Rothmann and Prof Deon de Bruin and was carried out by a team of student scholars (Masters & Doctral) coming from various Universities across South Africa.

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There is a growing interest in the measurement of personality variables in applied settings, such as in selection, placement,  therapeutic intervention and counseling in South Africa. In particular “personality in the workplace” has been widely studied in the last decade. Personality variables and issues related to their use, especially in work settings have generated a vast amount of interest, research and publications.

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The ECP 2015, 14th European Congress of Psychology, will take place in Milan on 7-10 July 2015, under the auspices of EFPA

Invited Symposia Combined emic-etic approach to culture-sensitive personality assessment Convenor: Fanny M. Cheung (China) Presenters: Jianxin Zhang, Weiqiao Fan, Qian Wang, Fons van de Vijver, Velichko Valchev -Personality structure in South Africa: An emic—etic approach -Traits and daily behavior in different cultural groups in South Africa  

New Book Chapter: The Big Five of Personality, Universality of

Fetvadjiev, V.H., van de Vijver, F.J.R., 2015. Five Factor Model of Personality, Universality of. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 9. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 249–253. ISBN: 9780080970868          

Symposium Submission for International Convention of Psychological Science, 12–14 March 2015 , Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

Symposium: Personality across Cultures: Trait Meanings, Situational Consistency, and Predictive Value  Predictive Value of Personality for Daily Behavior across Ethnic Groups in South Africa V. H. Fetvadjiev, University of Pretoria, velichko.fetvadjiev@gmail.com, Deon Meiring, University of Pretoria, Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Tilburg University  

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