Personality traits in the Serbian language: Structure and procedural effects

Boele De Raad, Snezana Smederevac, Petar Colovic*, Dusanka Mitrovic

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Abstract

The aims of the paper are to provide the optimal structure of personality-descriptive terms in the Serbian language, and to address crucial procedural issues in psycho-lexical studies. In Study 1, a non-restrictive methodology for the selection of personality descriptors was applied. In Study 2, we compared the structures obtained using a standard adjective item format versus a contextualized format. In Study 3, the effects of using different categories of description on the trait structure were studied. In Study 4, the descriptors used in three previous studies were analyzed jointly. The results suggest that the outcomes of psycho-lexical studies are affected by various procedural factors, pointing to two- and three-factor solutions as the most robust across methods. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-110
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume73
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2018

Keywords

  • Psycho-lexical studies
  • Personality descriptors
  • Item format
  • Trait structure
  • CROSS-CULTURAL GENERALITY
  • HIGHER-ORDER FACTORS
  • BIG-7 FACTOR MODEL
  • DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVES
  • COMPONENT ANALYSIS
  • ITALIAN LANGUAGE
  • TAXONOMY
  • ATTRIBUTES
  • RATINGS
  • DIMENSIONS

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