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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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SISTO, Fermino Fernandes. Human figure drawing: an analysis of the differential functioning of the criteria. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.2, pp. 215-220. ISSN 0034-9690.

This research aimed the determination of the differential item functioning (DIF) in the Human Figure Drawing used for the intelligence assessment in children, taking into account the sex variable. A sample of 2508 kindergarten and elementary school students, whose average age was 8.14 years, was studied. The majority of them was composed by students from public schools (72.1%) and the groups for the study of DIF were composed by 1248 men and 1260 women. The metric parameters of the items were determined according to the Rasch model of one logistic parameter. The results indicated the presence of DIF in 29 of 46 analyzed items; more specifically nine items were easy for the girls and 11 for the boys.

Palavras-chave : Differential items functioning (DIF); Human figure drawing; Psychological assessment; Item response theory (IRT).

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