DiSC Research Information Page

What is the study about?

You are invited to participate in a study exploring the link between certain DiSC styles and clusters of personality – this will allow coaches etc to select methodologies linked to psychotherapy tools and treatment relevant to such clusters within the coaching environment.

DiSC is a measurement of normal behaviour, but it is hypothesised that this measure may in some cases, in its extremes, also provide an indication to elements of certain personality characterises contained within the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DMS-5) for Personality characteristics. This survey will analyse the correlation between a DiSC style to a set of questions from an internationally recognised survey (PDQ4) that measures the recognised 10 personality characteristics. The participation criteria for this study is that you know your current DiSC style and that you are over the age of 18 years.

Other than your DiSC style which will be shared by 1/12 of the 3500 people invited to undertake this survey no other personal identification methods will be used, and the survey is undertaken with anonymity and confidentiality. The researchers will also not know if you have, or have not decided to undertake the survey.  

Who is carrying out the study?

The research is being conducted by Peter Agnew under the supervision of Dr Despina Sfakinos Academic Co-ordinator for Coaching and Senior Lecturer at ACAP.  

The research studies contribute to Peter Agnew’s studies for the award of the Master Degree of Counselling and Psychotherapy being undertaken at The Australian College of Applied Psychology.

What does the study involve?

As a participant in this study, you will be involved in rating 99 True/False statements in an online survey. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You may go back and review questions before submitting your answers. Once you have submitted your answers online they will not be able to be changed.

Will I incur any costs by participating in this study?

There will be no cost incurred by participating in the study

Are there any risks attached participating in the study?

The online survey involves answering questions about your personality style and so, though unlikely, this could trigger an emotional response. You are able to withdraw or stop the survey at any time by closing the browser if you feel uncomfortable or if you experience distress. If you experience any discomfort or distress after the survey, please do not ignore it but seek support. Our support services page is located here

Will I receive the results of the study?

At the end of the research a report will be developed and posted on the research project posting page https://www.peopledevelop.com.au/disc-research/ and a newsletter item will be sent to the general PDA newsletter list.

Confidentiality and disclosure of information

Your name will not be collected during the survey. Only a survey participant’s DiSC style, which will be common to 1/12 of the survey population, will be collected. If you consent to participating in this study, your unidentified data will be published in the research report as total aggregates and in a non-identifiable way. The researcher will not be able to tell who has and who has not participated in the online survey.

Can I withdraw from the study?

Participation in this study is voluntary – you are not under any obligation to consent and – if you do consent – you can withdraw at any stage without affecting your relationship with the Australian College of Applied Psychology. You can withdraw your consent by exiting the survey at any stage before submitting your survey data. Once you have submitted your online survey results, we will be unable to withdraw the data from the survey pool of data.

How can I obtain further information?

If you would like further information on this project you may contact the associate researcher Peter Agnew at [email protected] or the research supervisor Dr Despina Sfakinos at [email protected]

What can I do if I have a complaint or concern?

Any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should be directed to the:

ACAP HREC Secretary

Australian College of Applied Psychology

Locked Bag 11, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Email: [email protected].

HREC Approval Number is:605170620

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Research Details


DiSC Profiling and its use in identifying personality development. A study on the relationship between a leaders DiSC Profile and personality characteristics defined in the DSM-5

Survey time: Approx 20 Mins


If you would like further information on this project you may contact the associate researcher Peter Agnew at [email protected] or the research supervisor at [email protected]