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Higher-order factors in a five-factor personality inventory and its relation to social desirability

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 63-70
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: European Journal of Psychological Assessment
Volym: 23
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers


This paper compared two higher-order factor models using a 100-item, five-factor personality inventory originating from the IPIP database. The sample consisted of 2,019 subjects tested on the Internet. The two models were compared using confirmatory factor analysis. The two-factor model showed a similar fit to the data. The criteria for parsimony favored a hierarchical model with one higher-order factor at the top and five personality factors beneath. The single higher-order factor was found to be related to social desirability in a subsample of 196 subjects.



  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • social desirability
  • personality test
  • factor analysis
  • factors
  • higher-order


  • ISSN: 1015-5759

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