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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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ALENCAR, Eunice M. L. Soriano de. Obstacles to personal creativity: the development of a measurement instrument. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 1999, vol.3, n.2, pp. 123-132. ISSN 1413-8557.

This article describes the construction and validation process of an inventory of obstacles to personal creativity. The instrument focuses different obstacles that an individual may have to express his (her) creative potential. It included, in its original version, 70 itens. The instrument was administered to 388 university students for validation purposes, after being submitted to a semantic analysis. A factor analysis (principal components, oblique rotation) was carried out to analyze the instrument content. This analysis indicated the following factors: Personal Inhibition/Shyness; Lack of Time/Opportunities; Social Repression; and Lack of Motivation. The preliminary analyses indicate that the inventory discriminates different kinds of obstacles that may interfere with the expression of the personal creativity. It is a promising instrument for research and for diagnostic purposes.

Keywords : Creativity; Obstacles; Inventory.

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