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Implicit personality conceptions of the Nguni cultural-linguistic groups of South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Van Bruin, Gideon
dc.contributor.author Meiring, Deon
dc.contributor.author Nel, Jan Alewyn
dc.contributor.author Rothmann, Sebastiaan
dc.contributor.author Valchev, Velichko H.
dc.contributor.author Van de Vijver, Alphonsius Josephus Rachel (Fons)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-20T12:32:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-20T12:32:57Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Valchev, V.H. et al. 2011. Implicit personality conceptions of the Nguni cultural-linguistic groups of South Africa. Cross-cultural research, 45(3):235-266. [http://ccr.sagepub.com] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1552-3578
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7408
dc.description.abstract The present study explored the personality conceptions of the three main Nguni cultural-linguistic groups of South Africa: Swati, Xhosa, and Zulu. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 116 native speakers of Swati, 118 of Xhosa, and 141 of Zulu in their own language. Participants provided free descriptions of 10 target persons each; responses were translated into English. Twenty-six clusters of personality-descriptive terms were constructed based on shared semantic content and connotations of the original responses. These clusters accounted for largely identical content in all three groups. The clusters represented an elaborate conception of social-relational aspects of personality revolving around the themes of altruism, empathy, guidance, and harmony. The patterning of responses suggests that the individual is viewed as inextricably bound to his or her context of social relationships and situations. The findings are discussed with reference to the Big Five model of personality and the culture and personality framework. en_US
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1177/1069397111402462
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sage en_US
dc.subject Implicit personality conceptions en_US
dc.subject culture and personality en_US
dc.subject Nguni en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title Implicit personality conceptions of the Nguni cultural-linguistic groups of South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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