An alternative "description of personality": the big-five factor structure.

  title={An alternative "description of personality": the big-five factor structure.},
  author={Lewis R. Goldberg},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={59 6},
  • L. R. Goldberg
  • Published 1990
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
In the 45 years since Cattell used English trait terms to begin the formulation of his "description of personality," a number of investigators have proposed an alternative structure based on 5 orthogonal factors. The generality of this 5-factor model is here demonstrated across unusually comprehensive sets of trait terms. In the first of 3 studies, 1,431 trait adjectives grouped into 75 clusters were analyzed; virtually identical structures emerged in 10 replications, each based on a different… 

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