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Volume :42 Issue : 3 2014      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Psychometric Properties of the Big Five Questionnaire for Children in a Sample of Kuwaitis

Auther : Ahmed M. Abdel - Khalek Shaima'a W. Aljawhari

This study aimed to (1) adapt the Big Five Questionnaire for Children (BFQ - C) developed by Barbaranelli et al., (2003), (2) examine its psychometric properties, (3) explore the gender differences, and (4) estimate the correlations between the five factors. This questionnaire measures the factors of Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness to experience. The sample consisted of 373 Kuwaiti school adolescents: (175) males and (198) females. Their ages ranged between 15 and 18 years (M = 15.7, SD = 0.7). The questionnaire was translated into Arabic, reviewed, and revised several times. The principle components analysis showed that most of the items were loaded convincingly on their supposed factors. Cronbach alpha's indicated high internal consistency. Test - retest reliability and criterion validity were acceptable to high. Males obtained significantly a high mean score on neuroticism, whereas females obtained a high consciousness mean score than did their counterparts. Significant correlations were found between the factors in the expected directions. It was concluded that the Arabic version of the BFQ - C could be used successfully with the Kuwaiti adolescents.
Keywords: Personality, Five factors, Children, Adolescents, Kuwait.
 

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