From the initial launch in 2003, Personality Dimensions® has aimed to meet the needs of the individual trainer by carefully listening to and understanding their feedback. We recognised early on that a “one size fits all” approach would not be in the best interest of trainers or their clients. This is why there are different versions of the same Personality Dimensions® resources. Currently, there are 7 different Participant Pack and Dimensions Cards versions (soon to be 8!) in different languages, reading levels and contexts. These are: Adult English, English Basics, English PD for Youth, Adult French, French Basics, Adult Spanish, Adult Chinese, and coming soon, Chinese PD for Youth.
The Adult English materials are where we started. These are written at a grade 8 reading level, using the Flesch–Kincaid readability formula. The Adult English Participant Packs are designed to be used in conjunction with the Adult English Dimensions Cards and Picture Cards. These materials are best suited to a general adult population.
PD Basics English Participant Packs and PD Basics Dimensions Cards are contextually the same as the Adult English Participant Packs, however they are written at a grade 5 reading level. These materials are not intended to be used in conjunction with the Adult materials; however the same Picture Card is used with either version. They are designed to be used with an adult population where literacy is a challenge, or where English is not the primary language.
One of the latest additions to the Personality Dimensions® lineup is the PD for Youth Participant Pack. Like the PD Basics resources, it is also written at a grade 5 reading level, however the content is contextually different from the Adult resources. Paired with the PD@School Dimensions Card, and the standard English Picture Card, this version better speaks to teenagers in high school. A separate PowerPoint is also available that matches the context of the materials.
The Adult French Participant Packs are much the same as their English counterpart, and are also written at a grade 8 reading level. These are intended to be used with the Adult French Dimensions Cards, and French Picture Cards. The Adult French resources are best used with a general adult, French-speaking population.
Similarly the PD Basics or DP l’essentiel Participant Pack and DP l’essentiel Dimensions Cards are contextually the same as the Adult French Participant Packs, however they are written at a grade 5 reading level. These materials are not intended to be used in conjunction with the Adult materials; however the same Picture Card is used with either version. These are designed to be used with an adult population where literacy is a challenge, or where French is not the primary language.
The Spanish Participant Pack, Dimensions Cards, and Picture Cards were developed over a period of time with translators in Mexico, overseen by a Personality Dimensions Level II Trainer. These materials are designed to be used together, and are written at a grade 6 reading level. They are best suited to a Spanish-speaking adult population.
The Chinese-language (Traditional) Participant Packs, Dimensions Cards, and Picture Cards was a large undertaking that involved translators in Canada and Hong Kong, as well as testing, and verification taking place in both countries. This was overseen by PD Master Trainer, Dr. Angela Shik. Necessary contextual changes were made to best reflect the language and culture in Hong Kong.
Soon to be released, initially in Hong Kong, and eventually Canada, is the PD for Youth Participant Pack and Dimensions Cards in Traditional Chinese. These resources will be similar to their English counterparts, where the content is contextually appropriate for teenagers in high school.
Figuring out which materials to order can be a challenge, especially with so many options available; but rest assured our customer service team is here to help. We check every order that comes in individually to make sure everything makes sense; if something seems a little strange to us, we will always give you call to verify things. We also want your feedback. Do you see a need for different materials that would better suit your clients? Do you have a great idea for a Tool-Kit? Get in touch with us, we’re always happy to hear from you.