Gender and ethnicity differences on the Abridged Big Five Circumplex (AB5C) of personality traits: A differential item functioning analysis

Jacqueline K. Mitchelson, Eliza W. Wicher, James M. LeBreton, S. Bartholomew Craig

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Abstract

The current study evaluates the measurement precision of the Abridged Big Five Circumplex (AB5C) of personality traits by identifying those items that demonstrate differential item functioning by gender and ethnicity. Differential item functioning is found in 33 of 45 (73%) of the AB5C scales, across gender and ethnic groups (Caucasian vs. African American). More differential item functioning is found by ethnic groups compared with gender groups. The amount of differential item functioning found in these personality measures suggests the need to consider differential item functioning in the construction of measures. The authors encourage those using the AB5C measure to discard or reword these problematic items.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-635
Number of pages23
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Volume69
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Mathematics

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