G. Gardiner, E. Guillaume, N. Stauner, J. Bae, G. Han, J. Moon, I. Bronin, C. Ivanova, J. Cheng, F. De Kock, S. Graf, M. Hřebíčková, P. Halama, R. Hong, P. Izdebski, C. Kulich, F. Lorenzi-Cioldi, L. Penke, P. Szarota, J. Tracy, Y. Yang and D. Funder

Assessing personality across 13 countries using the California Adult Q-set

International Journal of Personality Psychology

The current project measures personality across cultures, for the first time using a forced-choice (or idiographic) assessment instrument - the California Adult Q-set (CAQ). Correlations among the average personality profiles across 13 countries (total N = 2,370) ranged from r = .69 to r = .98. The most similar averaged personality profiles were between USA/Canada; the least similar were South Korea/Russia/Poland and China/Russia. The Czech Republic had the most homogeneous personality descriptions and South Korea had the least. In further analyses, country differences in CAQ-derived Big Five scores were compared to results obtained from previous research using nomothetic Likert scales (i.e., the NEO; the BFI). The Big Five templates produced generally similar findings to previous research com-paring the Big Five across countries using Likert-type methods.