Cross-culturally recurrent personality factors: analyses of three factors
Article first published online: 7 OCT 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 451–474, September 2005
How to Cite
De Raad, B. and Peabody, D. (2005), Cross-culturally recurrent personality factors: analyses of three factors. Eur. J. Pers., 19: 451–474. doi: 10.1002/per.550
- Issue published online: 7 OCT 2005
- Article first published online: 7 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 DEC 2004
- Manuscript Received: 24 NOV 2003
This study proceeds from an earlier one that examined the ‘Big Five’ factors (Peabody & De Raad, 2002). That study considered the substantive nature of five factors from six European psycholexical studies. The results supported Big Five Factor III (Conscientiousness), but Factors I (Extraversion) and II (Agreeableness) often split into two factors. Big Five Factors IV (Emotional Stability) and V (Intellect) often failed to appear in coherent form. The failures might cause the splits, with five factors required. For three factors, the splits might not occur, and the three large (‘Big Three’) factors could appear. The present study pursues this implication, using three factors from the same six studies. The factors that split are now generally unified. This supports the Big Three and not the Big Five. This result is generally confirmed for several additional studies. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.