A preliminary validation of preadolescents' self-reports using the five-factor model of personality

Patrick M. Markey, Charlotte N. Markey, Barbara J. Tinsley, Andrea J. Ericksen

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Although self-reports using the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality have been used in both adult and adolescent populations, few studies have investigated preadolescents' ability to rate themselves using measures of the FFM. A total of 130 preadolescents (mean age = 10.79 years) rated their personalities using the NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI). When standardized verbal prompts were used to clarify the vocabulary in the NEO-FFI, preadolescents were able to reliably rate themselves across all traits of the FFM. Preadolescents' self-ratings were found to moderately agree with mothers' ratings of their children's personalities, suggesting not only the potential utility of using other-reports of preadolescents personality but also the appropriateness of using self-reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-181
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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