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Title: A critical analysis of Cattell's model of personality
Authors: Saville, Peter
Advisors: Prof Furneaux
Dr Ormerod
Keywords: Personality theory;Cattell's model;Source traits;Social class
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: Brunel University School of Sport and Education PhD Theses
Abstract: 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.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University.
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