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By Dave Kelly

Monday, November 22, 2004

A virtues approach to personality


"The structure of virtue was investigated through the development and construct validation of the Virtues Scale (VS), a 140-item self-report measure of virtues. A factor analysis of responses from 390 participants revealed four factors: Empathy, Order, Resourcefulness, and Serenity. Four virtue subscales constructed from the highest loading items on each factor were correlated with the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R) scales in two additional samples (ns=181 and 143). One of these samples also completed the DIT measure of Kohlbergian moral development. Meaningful, replicated correlations between the virtue subscales and personality scales and complete lack of relationships between the virtues scales and the DIT indicate that virtue is a function of personality rather than moral
reasoning and cognitive development. # 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved."


Anonymous James Barton said...

Personality is composed entirely of a mix of virtues and vices. Any "lopsidedness" can be corrected with sincere effort and virtue improvement exercises as explained in my free ebook:
"Inner Medicine"

3:11 PM  

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