A Review of the Cross-Cultural Equivalence of Frequently used Personality Inventories

Rossier, Jérôme
May 2005
International Journal for Educational & Vocational Guidance;May2005, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p175
Academic Journal
Personality inventories are frequently used for career guidance. Some should theoretically depend on cultural context, while others are supposed to be universal. The cross-cultural equivalence is only partial for culture-dependent models, as the locus of control. Concerning models that are supposed to be universal like the one proposed by Cattell or the Five-Factor Model, a partial and a full structural equivalence are, respectively observed. The extent of the scalar equivalence is difficult to assess indicating that more studies should be conducted to understand how culture affects processes underlying the evaluation of personality.


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