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dc.contributor.authorNel, Jan Alewyn
dc.contributor.authorValchev, Velichko H.
dc.contributor.authorRothmann, Sebastiaan
dc.contributor.authorVan de Vijver, Fons J.R.
dc.contributor.authorMeiring, Deon
dc.contributor.authorDe Bruin, Gideon P.
dc.identifier.citationNel, J.A. et al. 2012. Exploring the personality structure in the 11 languages of South Africa. Journal of personality, 80(4):915-948. []en_US
dc.description.abstractThe present study, part of the development of the South African Personality Inventory (SAPI), explores the implicit personality structure in the 11 official language groups of South Africa by employing a mixed-method approach. In the first, qualitative part of the study, semistructured interviews were conducted with 1,216 participants from the 11 official language groups. The derived personality-descriptive terms were categorized and clustered based on their semantic relations in iterative steps involving group discussions and contacts with language and cultural experts. This analysis identified 37 subclusters, which could be merged in 9 broad clusters: Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability, Extraversion, Facilitating, Integrity, Intellect, Openness, Relationship Harmony, and Soft-Heartedness. In the second, quantitative part, the perceived relations between the 37 subclusters were rated by 204 students from different language groups in South Africa and 95 students in the Netherlands. The outcomes generally supported the adequacy of the conceptual model, although several clusters in the domain of relational and social functioning did not replicate in detail. The outcomes of these studies revealed a personality structure with a strong emphasis on social-relational aspects of personality.en_US
dc.titleExploring the personality structure in the 11 languages of South Africaen_US
dc.contributor.researchID12243167 - Nel, Jan Alewyn
dc.contributor.researchID12763977 - Rothmann, Sebastiaan
dc.contributor.researchID13172735 - Van de Vijver, Alphonsius Josephus Rachel

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