The commensurability of self-reported personality and mood assessments

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R. J. Wirth (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Len Lecci

Abstract: Two studies were conducted to explore the overlap between personality and mood measures. Study one focused explicitly on achieving greater congruence in the retrospective timeframes used to assess personality and mood. Instructional sets drawn from several measures were used in an attempt to quantify the retrospective timeframes individuals employ when being assessed with personality and affective measures utilizing similar instructional sets. Using the instructional sets derived in Study 1, Study 2 attempted to address the overlap between affect and personality measures through confirmatory factor analytic (CFA) techniques. Eight hundred and thirty-two participants were asked to complete one of two versions (trait or modified affect) of the NEO-FFI (a brief personality measure) or one of two versions (affect or modified trait) of the PANAS (Watson, Clark, & Tellegen, 1988). The PANAS was supplemented with 35 descriptor terms that were intended to measure the "Big Five" of personality. No CFA model tested yielded a good fit. Empirically derived models were also explored and tested with similar findings. Theoretical problems with the "Big Five" are discussed.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Mood (Psychology), Personality and emotions, Personality assessment
Personality assessment
Mood (Psychology)
Personality and emotions

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