Developing the Five-Factor Model: Is the Big Five a Theory of Personality?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 687–688. Review of “The Five-Factor Model of Personality: Theoretical Perspectives” (see record 1996-97942-000). According to Patten, Jerry Wiggins has put together a useful text describing generally complimentary perspectives on the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality. The editorial decision to have all authors review the contributions of others allowed them to both build on the others' perspectives and point out differences without redundancy. The majority of the text is written for an intermediate (first-year graduate) level of understanding. Patten summarizes the chapters and discusses possible improvements. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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