Mapping Chinese personality: An assessment of the psychometric properties of the NEO-PI-3 in monolingual and bilingual studies

Michelle YIK, Irene N. L. SZE, Felity H.C. KWOK, Shiang Yi LIN

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Abstract

The NEO-PI-3 is a fourth-generation instrument that has been shown to improve the psychometrics and readability of its immediate precedent, the NEO-PI-R. We examined the psychometric properties of the Chinese versions of the NEO-PI-R and NEO-PI-3 using three datasets (Ns = 913, 299, 403) collected using both monolingual and bilingual designs. The Chinese NEO-PI-3 scales displayed a five-factor structure in which the facets had the highest loadings on their intended factors. The structure demonstrated strong invariance across both languages (English vs. Chinese) and gender groups, maintained high test-retest reliability, and attained slightly better internal consistency than the NEO-PI-R. We also examined the affective underpinnings of personality factors and well-being measures using the Chinese Circumplex Model of Affect. Consistent with past findings, Neuroticism and Extraversion were most related to affect, while Satisfaction with Life and Subjective Happiness shared the affective core of pleasant feelings and medium arousal. Based on these results, the Chinese NEO-PI-3 appears to be a sound instrument to measure personality in Chinese communities and to compare personality across cultures. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2031-2049
JournalAssessment
Volume30
Issue number7
Early online dateNov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Citation

Yik, M., Sze, I. N. L., Kwok, F. H. C., & Lin, S.-Y. (2023). Mapping Chinese personality: An assessment of the psychometric properties of the NEO-PI-3 in monolingual and bilingual studies. Assessment, 30(7), 2031-2049. https://doi.org/10.1177/10731911221126921

Keywords

  • NEO-PI-3
  • NEO-PI-R
  • Chinese Circumplex Model of Affect
  • Bilingual studies
  • Chinese personality
  • Measurement invariance

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