Measurement error in "big five factors" personality assessment: Reliability generalization across studies and measures

Chockalingam Viswesvaran, Deniz S. Ones

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Abstract

Meta-analysis was used to cumulate reliabilities of personality scale scores. A total of 848 coefficients of stability and 1,359 internal consistency reliabilities across the Big Five factors of personality were examined. The frequency-weighted mean coefficients of stability were .75 (SD = .10, K = 221), .76 (SD = .12, K= 176), .71 (SD = .13, K = 139), .69 (SD = .14, K = 119), and .72 (SD = .13, K = 193) for Emotional Stability, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness, respectively. The corresponding internal consistency reliabilities were .78 (SD = .11, K = 370), .78 (SD = .09, K = 307), .73 (SD = .12, K = 251), .75 (SD = .11, K = 123), and .78 (SD = .10, K = 307). Sample-size-weighted means also were computed. The dimension of personality being rated does not appear to strongly moderate either the internal consistency or the test-retest reliabilities. Implications for personality assessment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-235
Number of pages12
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000

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