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Widiger, T. A., & Costa, P. T. (2012). Integrating Normal and Abnormal Personality Structure: The Five-Factor Model. Journal of Personality, 80, 14711506.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2012.00776.x

The purpose of this erratum is to provide a clarification of statements made within Widiger and Costa (2012). This article cited a review paper by Ashton and Lee (2001) as support for the existence of the five domains of the five-factor model across different languages. However, as Widiger and Costa further indicated, Ashton and Lee (2008) advocate instead a six-factor model. Widiger and Costa's statement though that Ashton and Lee (2008) “have since suggested” a six-factor structure implied (incorrectly) that this was not the position Ashton and Lee advocated in 2001. Widiger and Costa's comments on de Raad et al. (2010b) can also be clarified. It should be acknowledged that there is considerable disagreement as to the most accurate interpretation of the findings of this study (e.g., Ashton & Lee, 2010; de Raad et al., 2010a). There is probably agreement that the first three factors are replicable across languages, but there is a difference of opinion as to whether the fourth, fifth, and sixth factors obtain adequate replication and how to best define and/or distinguish the sixth factor of honesty-humility versus agreeableness. An argument can be made that the sixth factor is at times more replicable than the fifth, perhaps though depending in part on how the sixth factor is defined.

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