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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (5) : 755-765     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00755
Meta-Analysis |
A Reliability Meta-Analysis for 44 Items Big Five Inventory: Based on the Reliability Generalization Methodology
LI Hongyan1; XU Jianping1; CHEN Jiyue1; FAN Yexin1,2
(1 School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University; Beijing Key Lab for Applied Experimental Psychology, Beijing 100875, China) (2 Xuanwu Hospital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China)
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Abstract  

Based on Reliability Generalization (RG) approach, this meta-analysis study focused on 85 English papers chosen from 782 papers (in both English and Chinese) about 44-Item Big Five Inventory (BFI-44) published in the past 24 years (1991~2014). This study analyzed the amount of variability in Cronbach's coefficient alpha of every dimension in BFI-44 and examined predictor variables, including sample size, subjects’ nationality, test language, average age and gender ratio, which were used for further investigation of their impact on the reliability of BFI-44 by using regression analysis. The study results showed that the Cronbach's coefficient alpha of each dimension reach nearly 0.8. The sample size, nationality and gender ratio variables influence BFI-44 dimensions on different levels. There are two suggestions for the use of the BFI-44. First, researchers should report the Cronbach's coefficient alpha of his/her own samples to avoid the reliability induction error; secondly, researchers should pay attention to the effect of sample size, nationality and gender ratio on Cronbach's coefficient alpha.

Keywords Big Five Inventory (BFI-44)      personality test      reliability generalization      meta-analysis     
Corresponding Authors: XU Jianping, E-mail: xujp@bnu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 May 2015
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LI Hongyan,XU Jianping,CHEN Jiyue, et al. A Reliability Meta-Analysis for 44 Items Big Five Inventory: Based on the Reliability Generalization Methodology[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(5): 755-765.
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