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Assessing personality across 13 countries using the california adult q-set

Publication date2019

The current project measures personality across cultures, for the first time using a forced-choice (or idiographic) assessment instrument - the California Adult Q-set (CAQ). Correlations among the average personality profiles across 13 countries (total N = 2,370) ranged from r = .69 to r = .98. The most similar averaged personality profiles were between USA/Canada; the least similar were South Korea/Russia/Poland and China/Russia. The Czech Republic had the most homogeneous personality descriptions and South Korea had the least. In further analyses, country differences in CAQ-derived Big Five scores were compared to results obtained from previous research using nomothetic Likert scales (i.e., the NEO; the BFI). The Big Five templates produced generally similar findings to previous research com-paring the Big Five across countries using Likert-type methods.

  • Personality
  • Cross-cultural personality
  • Personality traits
  • Cross-cultural assessment
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GARDINER, Gwendolyn et al. Assessing personality across 13 countries using the california adult q-set. In: International journal of personality psychology, 2019, vol. 5, p. 1–17. doi: 10.21827/ijpp.5.35039
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