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Arab-Levantine personality structure: A psycholexical study of modern standard Arabic in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the West Bank

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ObjectiveThe debate of whether personality traits are universal or culture-specific has been informed by psycholexical (or lexical) studies conducted in tens of languages and cultures. We contribute to this debate through a series of studies in which we investigated personality descriptors in Modern Standard Arabic, the variety of Arabic that is presumably common to about 26 countries and native to more than 200 million people.

MethodWe identified an appropriate source of personality descriptors, extracted them, and systematically reduced them to 167 personality traits that are common, are not redundant with each other, and are familiar and commonly understood in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the West Bank (Palestinian territories).

ResultsWe then analyzed self- and peer ratings (N=806) and identified a six-factor solution comprising Morality (I), Conscientiousness (II), Positive Emotionality (III), Dominance (IV), Agreeableness/Righteousness (V), and Emotional Stability (VI) without replicating an Openness factor.

ConclusionsThe factors were narrower or broader variants of factors found in the Big Five and HEXACO models. Conceptual and methodological considerations may have impacted the factor structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-421
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Personality
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

    Research areas

  • Arab-Levant, Arab personality, Big Five, emic-etic, psycholexical, DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVES, BIG 5, LANGUAGES, TRAIT, DIMENSIONS, TAXONOMIES, PROSPECTS, ENGLISH, CULTURE

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