The inaccuracy of national character stereotypes

McCrae, Robert R. and Chan, Wayne and Lee, Jussim and De Fruyt, Filip and Löckenhoff, Corinna E. and De Bolle, Marleen and Costa Jr., Paul T. and Hřebíčková, Martina and Graf, Sylvie and Realo, Anu and Allik, Jüri and Katsuharu, Nakazato and Shimonaka, Yoshiko and Yik, Michelle and Ficková, Emília and Brunner-Sciarra, Marina and Reátegui, Norma and Leibovich de Figueora, Nora and Schmidt, Vanina and Ahn, Chang-kyu and Ahn, Hyun-nie and Aguilar-Vafaie, Maria E. and Siuta, Jerzy and Szmigielska, Barbara and Cain, Thomas R. and Crawford, Jarret T. and Mastor, Khairul Anwar and Rolland, Jean-Pierre and Nansubuga, Florence and Miramontez, Daniel R. and Benet-Martínez, Veronica and Rossier, Jérôme and Bratko, Denis and Marušić, Iris and Halberstadt, Jamin and Yamaguchi, Mami and Knežević, Goran and Purić, Danka and Martin, Thomas A. and Gheorghiu, Mirona and Smith, Peter B. and Barbaranelli, Claudio and Wang, Lei and Shakespeare-Finch, Jane and Lima, Margarida P. and Klinkosz, Waldemar and Sekowski, Andrzej and Alcalay, Lidia and Simonetti, Franco and Avdeyeva, Tatyana V. and Pramila, V. S. and Terracciano, Antonio (2013) The inaccuracy of national character stereotypes. Journal of research in personality, 47 (6). pp. 831-842. ISSN 0092-6566

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Consensual stereotypes of some groups are relatively accurate, whereas others are not. Previous work suggesting that national character stereotypes are inaccurate has been criticized on several grounds. In this article we (a) provide arguments for the validity of assessed national mean trait levels as criteria for evaluating stereotype accuracy ; and (b)report new data on national character in 26 cultures from descriptions (N=3, 323) of the typical male or female adolescent, adult, or old person in each. The average ratings were internally consistent and converged with independent stereotypesof the typical culture member, but were weakly related to objective assessments of personality. We argue that this conclusion is consistent with the broader literature on the inaccuracy of national character stereotypes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: National character, stereotypes, Five-Factor Model, personality traits, cross-cultural
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 14:00
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 14:00

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