What laypeople think the Big Five trait labels mean

Hall, Judith A.; Schlegel, Katja; Castro, Vanessa L.; Back, Mitja (2019). What laypeople think the Big Five trait labels mean. Journal of research in personality, 78, pp. 268-285. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.12.007

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We asked what laypeople think the commonly used Big Five trait labels mean, and how well their beliefs match the content of standard Big Five scales. Study 1 established participants’ familiarity with the Big Five trait labels. In Studies 2 and 3, participants described persons high on the traits using a free response format. Responses were sorted into categories (facets), each of which earned a centrality index defined as the proportion of responses for the given trait that fell into that category. Studies 2 and 3 converged well. Comparisons with four standard Big Five inventories revealed substantial commonality but also notable areas of non-overlap consisting of content identified by laypeople that was not represented in the standard scales, as well as content in the standard scales that was not mentioned by laypeople.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Schlegel, Katja

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0092-6566

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Stettler

Date Deposited:

15 Apr 2020 10:43

Last Modified:

15 Apr 2020 10:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jrp.2018.12.007

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.143365

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/143365

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