Correcting Big Five Personality Measurements for Acquiescence: An 18-Country Cross-Cultural Study
Article first published online: 11 DEC 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 71–81, January/February 2013
How to Cite
Rammstedt, B., Kemper, C. J. and Borg, I. (2013), Correcting Big Five Personality Measurements for Acquiescence: An 18-Country Cross-Cultural Study. Eur. J. Pers., 27: 71–81. doi: 10.1002/per.1894
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 11 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 23 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 26 MAY 2012
- Big Five;
- factor structure;
For groups of persons with low or medium levels of education, Big Five personality scales typically yield scores that poorly replicate the idealized Big Five factor pattern. On the basis of representative samples of German adults, Rammstedt et al. have demonstrated that correcting each person's score for acquiescence eliminates this problem. In the present 18-country study using large samples representative of each country's adult population, we found that, in all cases, correcting for acquiescence did indeed improve the congruence of factor loadings with an idealized Big Five pattern. However, although this correction led to acceptably high correspondence levels in all countries classified as individualistic, this was not always true for non-individualistic countries. Possible reasons for this finding are discussed. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.