We describe the HEXACO–60, a short personality inventory that assesses the 6 dimensions of the HEXACO model of personality structure. We selected the 10 items of each of the 6 scales from the longer HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised, with the aim of representing the broad range of content that defines each dimension.
In self-report data from samples of college students and community adults, the scales showed reasonably high levels of internal consistency reliability and rather low interscale correlations. Correlations of the HEXACO–60 scales with measures of the Big Five factors were consistent with theoretical expectations, and convergent correlations between self-reports and observer reports on the HEXACO–60 scales were high, averaging above 50. We recommend the HEXACO–60 for use in personality assessment contexts in which administration time is limited.
The time available for measuring the personality traits of research participants is often sharply limited. As a consequence, many researchers often use very short instruments to assess the major dimensions of personality. For example, the well-known Big Five personality factors can be assessed reliably and validly with the 44 items of the Big Five Inventory. In constructing the HEXACO–60, we decided that each of the six scales should contain 10 items that collectively cover a wide range of content, with at least 2 items representing each of the four narrow traits