Publication Date

1998

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Neuman, George

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Context effects (Psychology)||Ethnopsychology||Sexism||Trait intercorrelations||Personality

Abstract

Traitedness refers to the degree to which an individual can be characterized by a trait across situations. Several methods of measuring this construct have been proposed including marking or starring central traits, self-reported consistency, and item-response variance. The item-response variance method of measuring traitedness has received the most research attention resulting in several different computational formulas. In this study, a cross-situational test of the traitedness construct was conducted on each of the "Big Five" personality traits to explore the possibility of traitedness as an explanatory mechanism of context effects, racial/ethnic background differences, and gender differences in personality. Results indicate that traitedness is moderately consistent across situations and related to racial/ethnic background. Furthermore, traitedness helped to partially explain context effects for openness to experience and racial/ethnic background differences for extroversion and agreeableness. Implications of these results are discussed.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [44]-46)

Extent

60 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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