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1997, vol. 30, iss. 1-2, pp. 7-40
Evaluation of 'big five' personality model through analysis of personality inventories
aUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy
bInstitute of Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade
Keywords: Big five personality model; personality inventory NEO PI-R; analysis of internal metric characteristics; factorial validity; taxonomic validity
Abstract
The aim of this work is to evaluate the personality model known as 'Big Five' by detailed analysis of personality inventory NEO P-R by P. Costa and R. McCrae on which the model itself is based. The analysis of results obtained on the sample of 422 students and high school pupils shows that the scales designed for measuring basic personality dimensions have very good metric characteristics. Even the subscales of this inventory have satisfactory metric characteristics. Factorial and taxonomic validities have also been confirmed. The results obtained by analysis, and particularly by factor analysis of NEO Pi-R can be regarded as an impressive empirical result supporting 'Big Five' model. We rate NEO PI-R as very good personality inventory and recommend it whenever serious, reliable, detailed and comprehensive assessment of somebody's personality structure is needed. However, our opinion is that these qualifiers fully stand only if approximately twenty-five percent of inventory items are modified. This modification assumes reformulating of all negatively worded items into the affirmative ones. Namely, the negative wording unnecessarily impedes, complicates and, in the cases of less intelligent and less educated people who have difficulties managing the written tests or whose concentration and attention capacities are decreased, largely compromises the conative reactions.
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