Higher-order factors of the Big Five in a multi-informant sample.

@article{DeYoung2006HigherorderFO,
  title={Higher-order factors of the Big Five in a multi-informant sample.},
  author={Colin G. DeYoung},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={91 6},
  pages={
          1138-51
        }
}
  • C. DeYoung
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
In a large community sample (N=490), the Big Five were not orthogonal when modeled as latent variables representing the shared variance of reports from 4 different informants. Additionally, the standard higher-order factor structure was present in latent space: Neuroticism (reversed), Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness formed one factor, labeled Stability, and Extraversion and Openness/Intellect formed a second factor, labeled Plasticity. Comparison of two instruments, the Big Five Inventory… 
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