Recurrent Personality Dimensions in Inclusive Lexical Studies: Indications for a Big Six Structure
Article first published online: 11 AUG 2009
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Journal of Personality
Volume 77, Issue 5, pages 1577–1614, October 2009
How to Cite
Saucier, G. (2009), Recurrent Personality Dimensions in Inclusive Lexical Studies: Indications for a Big Six Structure. Journal of Personality, 77: 1577–1614. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00593.x
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 11 AUG 2009
ABSTRACT Previous evidence for both the Big Five and the alternative six-factor model has been drawn from lexical studies with relatively narrow selections of attributes. This study examined factors from previous lexical studies using a wider selection of attributes in 7 languages (Chinese, English, Filipino, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, and Turkish) and found 6 recurrent factors, each with common conceptual content across most of the studies. The previous narrow-selection-based six-factor model outperformed the Big Five in capturing the content of the 6 recurrent wideband factors. Adjective markers of the 6 recurrent wideband factors showed substantial incremental prediction of important criterion variables over and above the Big Five. Correspondence between wideband 6 and narrowband 6 factors indicate they are variants of a “Big Six” model that is more general across variable-selection procedures and may be more general across languages and populations.