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An Investigation into the Factor Structure of a German Version of Goldberg’s Big-Five Factor Markers

BornGraeber, Nancy (2010) An Investigation into the Factor Structure of a German Version of Goldberg’s Big-Five Factor Markers. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Previous studies have suggested the cross-cultural generalisability of a five-factor structure for personality traits. In this article, the utility of a translated version of the 50-item IPIP Big-Five factor markers was investigated in identifying five broad personality dimensions in a German context. A sample of German-speaking participants (N = 236) used the translated German version of the 50-item IPIP Big-five factor markers to describe themselves. Exploratory Factor Analysis demonstrated a five-factor structure that was nearly identical to the American structure. The reliabilities of the five factors were high except for the measure of Openness which was slightly lower but within acceptable limits. The homogeneity of the scales was analysed using confirmatory factor analysis to test the fit of a single-factor model. All scales were homogeneous with all of the items on each scale tapping a single factor. In line with previous research, the results of this study supported the generalisability of the five-factor IPIP structure in a German context. However, the analysis highlighted a number of items which needed to be discarded and should be revised to improve scale development of this measure.

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