Open Peer Commentary and Author's Response

J. B Asendorpf, A Baumert, M Schmitt, G Blum, R van Bork, M Rhemtulla, D Borsboom, B. P Chapman, D. A Clark, C. E Durbin, B. M Hicks, D. M Condon, D. K Mroczek, G Costantini, M Perugini, J Freese, L. R Goldberg, R.R McCrae, C. S Nave, D. C FunderD. S Ones, B. M Wiernik, M. P Wilmot, J. W Kostal, D. J Ozer, A Poropat, W Revelle, L. G Elleman, K. J Sher, S. J Weston, J. J Jackson, D Wood, P. D Harms, M Ziegler, J Ziegler, R Mõttus

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Abstract / Description of output

Among the topics discussed in the comments, one idea appeared to be supported by most commenters: when personality trait scores are related to possible outcome variables (or possible causal factors, for that matter), scale-level analyses should be supplemented by item-level analyses. This could help to corroborate causal inferences, refine interpretations, rule out measurement/construct overlaps and/or lead to new discoveries. This suggestion is consistent with recent evidence regarding single items often reflecting unique personality characteristics (“nuances”) with trait-like properties. Future work could focus on improving item properties and delineating a useful set of nuances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-340
Number of pages37
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


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