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Title: A critical analysis of Cattell's model of personality
Author: Saville, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0001 3554 3302
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 1978
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The personality theory expounded by R.B. Cattell and his collaborators is one of the most influential models of personality in modern-day psychology. The central and most controversial elements of this theory are the sixteen primary source traits, which make up the model. This thesis describes research into the primary source traits as represented by Cattell's Sixteen Personality Factor Questionaire (16FF). From the responses of a large sample of general population British adults (N: ≈ 2,000) evidence is presented to suggest that: - 1. inconsistencies exist between the relationships of Cattell's personality scales with variables such as age and social class and the relationships postulated from his model. 2. the precision of measurement afforded by certain scales is extremely low, especially in lower social class subjects. 3. the model as represented in the scales of the 16PF is untenable in terms of its internal consistency. 4. Cattell's personality scales are not in fact the most parsimonious description of the personality domain.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Personality theory ; Cattell's model ; Source traits ; Social class