In pursuit of a cross-lingual reference structure of personality traits: Comparisons among five languages

B. De Raad, M Perugini, Z Szirmak

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Abstract

Data sets from five original trait taxonomies from different languages, Dutch, Italian, Hungarian, American English, and German, are used for a cross-cultural study. Factor structures, presumably Big-Five structures, within these languages, based on ratings from about 400-800 subjects on approximately 500 trait variables per language, are used for comparison. The five five-factor structures are pairwise compared. To enable these comparisons, the best one-to-one translations of trait terms between the languages are used These translations yielded subsets of the data for direct comparisons. Congruence coefficients were calculated for the corresponding factors in the different languages, based on their independent positions, on their positions after target rotations, and on their positions after simultaneous rotations. The congruences show replicability of the first three factors of the Big Five across the Jive languages, and replicability of the fourth factor among Dutch, Italian, and Hungarian. Relatively high congruences between all five factors were found between Italian and Dutch. (C) 1997 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-185
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep-1997

Keywords

  • LEXICAL APPROACH
  • 5-FACTOR MODEL
  • BIG-5
  • DIMENSIONS
  • JAPANESE
  • SEARCH

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