An alternative multi-language structure for personality attributes
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 17, Issue 3, pages 179–205, May/June 2003
How to Cite
Saucier, G. (2003), An alternative multi-language structure for personality attributes. Eur. J. Pers., 17: 179–205. doi: 10.1002/per.489
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 FEB 2003
- Manuscript Received: 10 JUL 2002
A scientific taxonomy of human personality attributes should optimally be based on studies from multiple languages and cultures. Study 1 demonstrates convergence between seven-factor structures found in previous studies of Filipino and Hebrew languages. Study 2 shows that this ‘Multi-Language Seven’ (ML7) factor model overlaps partially with the Big Five model, but includes four rather than three affective–interpersonal factors, replicates in American English lexical data nearly as well as the Big Five, and has close correspondences to the structure upon which two Italian lexical studies have converged. Correlates were used to clarify interpretation of ML7 factors labelled Gregariousness, Self-Assurance, Even Temper ‘versus Temperamentalness’, Concern for Others, Conscientiousness, Originality/Virtuosity, and Negative Valence ‘or Social Unacceptability’. These studies indicate the viability of a lexically derived ‘etic’ alternative to the Big Five. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.