n. an approach to describing human personality traits using factor analytical methods. Through factor analysis, Cattell could identify and classify a total of 35 surface traits and 12 source traits underlying them.
What is CATTELL'S FACTORIAL THEORY OF PERSONALITY?
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CATTELL'S FACTORIAL THEORY OF PERSONALITY: "Catteel's Factorial Theory of Personality was the first to present a multi-level, hierarchial model of personality traits."
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