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MOURA JR, James Ferreira et al. Validation of the Brief Sense of Community Index for Rural Poverty Situations in Brazil. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.1, pp. 91-101. ISSN 1413-294X.

The objective is to validate the Brief Sense of Community Index for the Brazilian population in rural poverty. The research is of quantitative delineation of transversal cut through survey. The sample was composed by 1113 people in rural communities of different regions (Northeast, North and South) of Brazil with an average age of 42.25 (SD = 17.57). The instrument evaluated was the Brief Sense of Community Index proposed by Peterson, Speer and Hughey (2006) based on the adaptation of the Sense of Community Index of the Perkins, Florin, Rich, Wandersman and Chavis (1990). Exploratory Factorial Analysis (EFA) and Confirmatory Factorial Analysis (AFC) were carried out. It was identified that the scale carries excellent psychometric indices, rotating in a unifatorial way and differing from the original structure. It was conceived that this brief instrument is suitable for rural contexts in poverty because of the specificities of this reality and this population.

Keywords : community psychology; social environments; rural environments; psychometrics.

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