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Testing the Replicability of High Jewish Scores on the General Factor of Personality

Curtis Dunkel


Published: 2015/12/01


Previously it was found that Jews residing in the United States have higher scores on the general factor of personality (GFP) in comparison to other religious groups. Data from the General Social Surveys was used to test the replicability of this finding. Mean level differences between religious groups were consistent with the previous findings, but the results of significance tests were more equivocal. Additionally, contrary to previous results, Jensen effects on the personality scale items for the group differences were not found. It is suggested that future research on differences in the GFP between religious groups utilize rater-based, instead of self-report, personality measures. Key Words: General Factor of Personality; Big Five; Jewish

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