Culturally-relevant personality assessment

[Speaker] Cheung, Fanny M:1
1:The Chinese University of Hong Kong (China (People's Republic of China))

Personality assessment across cultures often relies on tests developed in other cultures. Many of these tests are translated directly as if they are appropriate and relevant to other cultures. International guidelines have been established to improve the standards of test translation and adaptation. Even with good translations, questions about the conceptual equivalence and cultural appropriateness of these measures may still limit their cross-cultural validity. Early attempts to develop indigenous personality measures have focused on local relevance at the expense of cross-cultural comparability. In this address, the combined emic-etic method of developing culturally relevant personality assessment is introduced using the example of theCross-cultural (Chinese) Personality Assessment Inventory (CPAI) to illustrate the steps of test construction and the ongoing research program to validate the indigenous measure not only in the local context but also to compare the relevance of the indigenous constructs across cultures.
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