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On the validity of culture-level personality and stereotype scores†
Article first published online: 27 NOV 2007
This article is a U.S. government work and is into public domain in the U.S.A. Published in 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 21, Issue 8, pages 987–991, December 2007
How to Cite
McCrae, R. R., Terracciano, A., Realo, A. and Allik, J. (2007), On the validity of culture-level personality and stereotype scores. Eur. J. Pers., 21: 987–991. doi: 10.1002/per.659
- Issue published online: 27 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 27 NOV 2007
- Manuscript Received: 5 JUL 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JUL 2007
- Intramural Research Program, NIH, National Institute on Aging
- Estonian Science Foundation. Grant Number: 6797
- Estonian Ministry of Science and Education. Grant Number: 0182585s03
- cross-cultural research;
- personality scales and inventories;
- cognitive processes
In response to comments by Perugini and Richetin and by Ashton, we discuss the reference-group effect as a potential source of distortion in cross-cultural comparisons and suggest some research designs to test its nature and importance. We argue that laboratory studies of personality are of limited utility in understanding personality questionnaire responses in real life. We summarise evidence in favour of the validity of aggregate personality traits and suggest that more scepticism is needed with regard to the accuracy of national character stereotypes. Published in 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.