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Temas em Psicologia

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WOYCIEKOSKI, Carla; NATIVIDADE, Jean Carlos  and  HUTZ, Claudio Simon. Do life events constitute a construct?: Evidence of the impossibility to consider life events a construct. Temas psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.22, n.1, pp. 13-24. ISSN 1413-389X.

Life events (LE) refer to vital experiences, physical or psychological, that may represent discrete or significant changes in people's lives. The present study aimed to discuss the evaluation of LE; create a scale for measuring perceived (subjective evaluation) LE as well as obtain construct validation. Further it was investigated whether LE are gathered in dimensions according to categories described in the literature. The participants were 619 university students of both sexes. Factor analyzes were conducted, but factors were not extracted, demonstrating that LE do not constitute a construct. It was verified the presence of trends regarding the positive and negative evaluation of LE. The results point to the importance of considering the subjective evaluation as well as the occurrence of events in LE evaluation.

Keywords : Life-events; measurement instruments; validity; instrumentos de medición.

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