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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1783.1/2007
Title: Universal features of personality traits from the observer’s perspective : data from 50 cultures
Authors: McCrae, Robert R.
Terracciano, Antonio
Personality Profiles of Culture Project including Yik, Michelle
Keywords: Personality traits
Cross-cultural differences
Cross-cultural similarities
Gender differences
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Journal of personality and social psychology, vol. 88, no. 3, March 2005, p. 547-561
Abstract: To test hypotheses about the universality of personality traits, college students in 50 cultures identified an adult or college-age man or woman whom they knew well and rated the 11,985 targets using the third-person version of the Revised NEO Personality Inventory. Factor analyses within cultures showed that the normative American self-report structure was clearly replicated in most cultures, and was recognizable in all. Sex differences replicated earlier self-report results, with the most pronounced differences in Western cultures. Cross-sectional age differences for three factors followed the pattern identified in self-reports, with moderate rates of change during college age and slower changes after age 40. With a few exceptions, these data support the hypothesis that features of personality traits are common to all human groups.
Rights: Journal of personality and social psychology © Copyright 2005 American Psychological Assoication. The jouranl's web site is located at http://www.apa.org/journals/ This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA Journal. It is not the copy of record.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1783.1/2007
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