REVISITING THE STABILITY OF VARIABILITY: TRAITEDNESS AND SUPERTRAITEDNESS ON THE ACL AND NEO-FFI
Abstract:The concept of traitedness asserts that some people are so consistent/variable with regard to relevant trait behavior that they should be considered “traited”/“untraited” on a given factor. The present studies assessed the stability of traitedness, operationalized via the intra-individual standard deviations for each of the Big Five factors, over time using two different instruments. Self-descriptions of male and female university students on the Adjective Checklist (ACL) and NEO-Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI) demonstrated: (1) reliable individual differences in the stability of traitedness on each of the five factors over time; (2) positive correlations among the five standard deviations at a given testing, suggesting that some persons are generally less/more variable than others; and (3) an absence of convergent validity between the traitedness measures for the two instruments, suggesting that the two instruments were assessing different types of consistency.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1999
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