Evaluating the invariance of the factor structure of the EPQ-R-N among adolescents

Nilly Mor*, Richard E Zinbarg, Michelle G. Craske, Susan Mineka, Amanda Uliaszek, Raphael Rose, James W Griffith, Allison M. Waters

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We examined the factor structure of the Neuroticism scale of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ-R-N; S. B. G. Eysenck, Eysenck & Barrett, 1985) and its factor invariance across sex and racial/ethnic groups in a sample of 1,979 adolescents. Using confirmatory factor analyses, we compared a hierarchical model to previous models of the EPQ-R-N and to single-factor and 3-factor structures. The hierarchical factor structure in which a general factor coexists with 3 group factors (depression, social concerns, and worry) was superior to alternative models. The general factor accounted for more than 60% of the variance in EPQ-R-N total scores and was invariant across sex and ethnicity. The 3 group factors varied across ethnicity and sex. We discuss the implications of these findings for conceptualization and assessment of neuroticism using the EPQ-R-N.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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