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The Five-Factor Model: Quo Vadis?


Ivan Mervielde

Department of Developmental and Personality Psychology, University of Ghent H. Dunantlaan 2, B-9000 Ghent, BE
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It is argued that research about the Five-Factor model has much to gain from specification and analysis of middle-level categories that bridge the distance between the broad-band Five-Factor level and the adjective or item level. Two competing approaches, the AB5C-model and the NEO-PIR model, are discussed as viable but not necessarily incompatible approaches for further differentiation of the Five-Factor model. Analysis at the intermediate level of trait categorisation is considered to be essential for charting the developmental roots of the Five-Factor model and to advance cross-language comparisons of trait structure.

How to Cite: Mervielde, I., 1994. The Five-Factor Model: Quo Vadis?. Psychologica Belgica, 34(4), pp.275–281. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1994.
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