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ERIC Number: EJ848218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1934-6875
The Construct of Agreeableness: Facet vs. Item Level Analysis
Newgent, Rebecca A.; Lee, Sang Min; Higgins, Kristin K.; Mulvenon, Sean W.; Connors, Joanie V.
Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies, v4 n2 p39-51 Fall 2004
The Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R) was developed to operationalize the Five-Factor Model of Personality. Using correlational analysis and confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis, the present study investigates the facet structure of the domain of Agreeableness of the NEO-PI-R at the facet and item level to assess which is a more appropriate level of analysis for interpretation. While the six Agreeableness facets fit the domain, the results of confirmatory factor analysis indicate that the original six facet model at the item level did not fit the data well. Exploratory factor analysis indicates that only 35 of the 48 items associated with the Agreeableness domain had salient loadings on their intended facet. Results indicate that performing item-level factor analysis can produce misleading or un-interpretable results. Implications for research and assessment are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: NEO Personality Inventory