What is it about?

This article describes the development of a new comprehensive measure of the five-factor model (FFM) of personality. This new instrument (the FI-FFM) contains 22 specific facet traits (five apiece for neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness; four for agreeableness; three for openness) that jointly measure the five broader FFM domains.

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Why is it important?

The FI-FFM provides an alternative approach to assessing specific personality traits. Although it measures many of the same traits that are assessed in other personality tests, it also contains some unique traits (e.g., somatic complaints, envy, nontraditionalism) that are not captured in these other inventories.


We developed the FI-FFM over a period of several years in five different phases. In each phase, we revised our model in light of the data we obtained.

Dr David Watson
University of Notre Dame

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This page is a summary of: Development and Validation of the Faceted Inventory of the Five-Factor Model (FI-FFM), Assessment, June 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1073191117711022.
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