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PIMENTEL, Carlos Eduardo; GOUVEIA, Valdiney V.  and  FONSECA, Patrícia Nunes da. Identification with Alternative Groups Scale: development and validity. PsicoUSF [online]. 2005, vol.10, n.2, pp. 121-127. ISSN 1413-8271.

This study aimed at building and validating a scale for measure the youngsters' identification with alternative groups. Participated 548 high-school students, most of them with a mean age of 16 years old (97.6%; M=16.2, SD=1.74). They answered a set of questionnaires, among they the Identification with Alternative Groups Scale, composed by seven alternative groups (hippies, punks, skinheads, headbangers, skaters, surfers, and funkeiros), rating in a 5-points scale. Result indicates a one-factor structure, with all items showing factor loadings above of .65. This general factor showed an eigenvalue of 4.02, accounting to 56% to the total variance, and obtaining a reliability (Cronbach's a) of .87. It was concluded that this an appropriateness measure to research purpose, being useful to knowing the youngsters' identification with alternative groups (e.g., surfers, punks).

Keywords : Alternative groups; Group identification; Youngters.

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