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Age and sex differences in personality ratings of others: analysis at the alpha and beta factor level


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Žižić, Davorka. (2013). Age and sex differences in personality ratings of others: analysis at the alpha and beta factor level. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Bratko, Denis].

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Personality trait theories suggests that personality is hierarchically organized and conceptualized at different levels: specific reactions level, medium constructs level (facets), five broad factors level and higher-order factor level. This study investigated age and sex pesonality differences at the higher-order factor level. The analysis was conducted on total of 197 ratings of male and female students and adults. The research was conducted within the theoretical framework of the five-factor personality model and two-factor personality structure. Two higher-order factors were extracted (α and β). Dimensions of Emotional stability, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness had their primary loadings on α factor. Dimensions of Extraversion and Openness to Experience had their primary loadings on β factor. Older men scored higher than younger men in α factor. There was no age difference between older and younger women in α factor. Both younger men and women scored higher than older men and women in β factor. Sex differences were not found.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: five-factor personality model, higher-order factors, age differences, sex differences
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Bratko, Denis
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 11:48
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 11:48

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