Taxonomy and structure of the Romanian personality lexicon

Vlad Burtăverde, Boele De Raad
Published Online:
02 Nov 2017
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 54 Issue 3

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We identified 1746 personality‐relevant trait‐adjectives in a Romanian dictionary, of which 412 were classified as descriptors of dispositions by 10 judges. Self‐ratings were collected from 515 participants on those 412 adjectives, and the ratings were factored using principal components analysis. Solutions with different numbers of factors were analysed. The two‐ and three‐factor solutions, respectively, confirmed the Big Two and Big Three of personality traits. A five‐factor solution reflected the Big Five model with a fifth factor emphasising Rebelliousness versus Conventionality. The five‐factor solution was related to the International Personality Item Pool‐Big Five scales, and the highest correlations were indeed between the corresponding factors and scales. A six‐factor solution was indicative of the six‐factor model as expressed in the HEXACO model, yet with a weak Honesty‐Humility factor. Additional analysis with self‐ratings from 218 participants on marker‐scales for the six‐factor solution and on the six scales of the HEXACO did not produce a clear one‐to‐one correspondence between the two sets of scales, confirming indeed that the six‐factor model was only partially found.

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