A (latent) big five personality model in 1915? A reanalysis of Webb's data

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study of personality trait ratings of 194 trainee teachers. The original report found a single personality factor, which Webb named Persistence of Motives or w: Subsequent partial reanalyses and reinter-pretations of Webb's data are reviewed and are found to be misleading The quality of Webb's data is high; 2 raters assessed every student, and the raters' studies of the students' characters were unusually prolonged and intense. A new reanalysis of Webb's data analyzes 6- and 5-factor personality structures latent in the data seg which are judged by experts to be congruent with current 5-factor and other models of human personality trait structure. Therefore, the first, albeit latent, discovery of some currently recognized broad personality dimensions came from the department that is the birthplace of differential psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)992-1005
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume71
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • 5 ROBUST FACTORS
  • 5-FACTOR MODEL
  • HALO ERROR
  • RATINGS
  • SCALES

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