Adolescent personality: A five-factor model construct validation

Spencer R. Baker*, James B. Victor, Anthony L. Chambers, Charles F. Halverson

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate convergent and discriminant validity of the five-factor model of adolescent personality in a school setting using three different raters (methods): self-ratings, peer ratings, and teacher ratings. The authors investigated validity through a multitrait-multimethod matrix and a confirmatory factor analysis correlated trait, uncorrelated method model. With the exception of Emotional Stability, each analysis demonstrated similar patterns and together provided support for the convergent and discriminant validity of the five-factor model structure of adolescent personality. However, among the three raters, self-ratings of personality provided a comparatively weaker method for assessing adolescent personality. The influences of agreement between self and other raters are discussed in relation to contrast, perceiver, and target effects; expert observer effects; the degree of acquaintanceship; and the effect of the social context.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)303-315
    Number of pages13
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2004


    • Adolescent personality measurement
    • Construct validity
    • Five-factor model

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Applied Psychology

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