You are here

Individual Difference Variables, Affective Differentiation, and the Structures of Affect

Title: Individual Difference Variables, Affective Differentiation, and the Structures of Affect.
Name(s): Terracciano, Antonio, author
McCrae, Robert R., author
Hagemann, Dirk, author
Costa, Paul, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2003
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Methodological arguments are usually invoked to explain variations in the structure of affect. Using self-rated affect from Italian samples (N=600), we show that individual difference variables related to affective differentiation can moderate the observed structure. Indices of circumplexity and congruence coefficients to the hypothesized target were used to quantify the observed structures. Results did not support the circumplex model as a universal structure. A circular structure with axes of activation and valence was approximated only among more affectively differentiated groups: students and respondents with high scores on Openness to Feelings and measures of negative emotionality. A different structure, with unipolar Positive Affect and Negative Affect factors, was observed among adults and respondents with low Openness to Feelings and negative emotionality. The observed structure of affect will depend in part on the nature of the sample studied.
Identifier: FSU_migr_geriatrics_faculty_publications-0036 (IID)
Keywords: emotions, individuality, personality inventory, psychometrics, temperament
Uncontrolled subjects: Adolescent, Adult, Affect, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Emotions, Female, Humans, Individuality, Male, Middle Aged, Personality Inventory, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Sampling Studies, Sex Factors, Students, Temperament
Note: Published in final edited form as:'>"> J Pers. 2003 October; 71(5): 669–703.
Citation: Terracciano A, McCrae RR, Hagemann D, & Costa PT Jr. (2003). Individual difference variables, affective differentiation, and the structures of affect. Journal of Personality, 71, 669-703.
Subject(s): Diagnosis, Laboratory -- Equipment and supplies
Human behavior
Medical sciences
Social aspects
Social sciences
Persistent Link to This Record:
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Geriatrics Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Personality.
Issue: 5, 71

Choose the citation style.
Terracciano, A., McCrae, R. R., Hagemann, D., & Costa, P. (2003). Individual Difference Variables, Affective Differentiation, and the Structures of Affect. Journal Of Personality. Retrieved from