Validation of the French version of the EPQ-Junior

Personality and Individual Differences (Impact Factor: 1.86). 06/2008; 44(2):464-474. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2007.09.011


The objective of the present paper was to validate a French version of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Junior (EPQ-J), which, in accordance with the corresponding questionnaire for adults, was postulated to have a four-factor structure including Neuroticism, Extraversion, Psychoticism and a Lie Scale. We tested the factor structure and internal reliability of the French translation in a sample of 465 school children (mean age: 12 years) recruited from the general population. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed the original orthogonal four-factor structure to have an unsatisfactory fit. However, by removing the constraint of orthogonality, a satisfactory fit could be achieved. Internal reliability estimates were 0.84 for Neuroticism, 0.74 for both Extraversion and the Lie scale and 0.69 for Psychoticism. These results based on a sample of young adolescents provide evidence for the validity of the French translation and further support for the stability of the four major personality dimensions across the lifespan.

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    • "In terms of the reliability of P, the present results were similar to those obtained in France by Rothen et al. (2008), who also reported comparable coefficients obtained in England, New Zealand, and Ireland. "
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    • "For the measurement of personality traits in children the junior version of the EPQ (EPQ-J: Eysenck and Eysenck, 1975) was applied, which is comprised of 81 items. Our group has previously established and validated its French translation (Rothen et al., 2008). Validation was based on confirmatory factor analysis, which revealed a sufficient fit of an oblique factor solution testing the three original EPQ dimensions as well as the Lie scale. "
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