The author is indebted to Sampo V. Paunonen and Douglas N. Jackson for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this article.
The Factor Structure of the Personality Research Form: A Cross-National Evaluation
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 61, Issue 1, pages 27–48, March 1993
How to Cite
Stumpf, H. (1993), The Factor Structure of the Personality Research Form: A Cross-National Evaluation. Journal of Personality, 61: 27–48. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1993.tb00277.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received December 26, 1990; revised July 2, 1991
ABSTRACT The present research examined the generalizability of the factor structure of the Personality Research Form (PRF) across various populations. A common methodology was used for factoring 18 data bases from largely differing samples (including data from one Asian and two European countries). In accordance with previous research results, five factors were rotated in every case and compared with two target factor solutions. A mean congruence coefficient of .93 as well as similar proportions of variance explained by the factors in the various populations indicated a large amount of generalizability for that structure. An alternative but similar structure, which had been interpreted in terms of the so-called “Big Five” factors of personality, proved to be only slightly less generalizable. It was concluded that the fairly abstract constructs of both PRF factor structures are useful for describing personality in the cultures under study, leaving room for the possibility of more subtle or specific differences between the populations.