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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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Abstract

GUZZO, Raquel Souza Lobo; PINHO, Cristina Coutinho Marques de  and  CARVALHO, Carolina Freire de Carvalho de. Construction of Brazilian taxonomy for personality's descriptors. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2002, vol.15, n.1, pp. 71-75. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722002000100009.

This is a research using the psycolexical approach to support studies about assessment of personality. The importance of this project is to create a scientific basis for the construction of instruments in personality assessment. It follows Germany's methodology and has four steps: 1) to identify and extract from the dictionary all adjectives presented; 2) selection of those adjectives which are descriptors of personality, 3) classification, with six judges, of those adjectives considering frequency, clear of meaning and utility for personality description, 4) classification in specific categories using 10 judges. The present work intends to relate steps one and two and make a comparison with different results from cultures, including Germam, Tchecan and Italian. There are 35.834 adjectives considering a total of 120,000 words, representing 29.86%. From this number, 16.03% are considered personality descriptors, by two judges. Brazil presents the largest number of adjectives in lexicon, but Germany presents more adjectives descriptors of personality.

Keywords : Taxonomy; personality; psychological assessment.

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