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MECCA, Tatiana Pontrelli et al. Adaptive behavior: national perspective and evaluation with adaptive behavior assessment system. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.2, pp. 107-122. ISSN 1516-3687.

Adaptive behavior refers to conceptual, social and practical skills, which allow adaptating to the environment. This study aims to do a scientific literature review from the SciELO and to conduct further structural analysis with the ABAS-II, one of the main instruments to evaluate the construct. The results showed that Brazilian studies are recent, but they have been increasing in previous years, mainly concentrated in the multidisciplinary area. We identified 13 instruments in 46 articles, but there is a lack of studies investigating their psychometric qualities, pointing its evaluation as an important problem in the area. Alternative structural analysis to the ones presented in the original manual were performed considering the correlation matrices. The results showed a better adequacy of the data to a bi-factor model, consisting of a general factor and specific factors when compared to single-factor and three-factor models. The theme relevance contrasts with the incipiency of studies and the lack of instruments in the Brazilian context.

Palavras-chave : functionality; adaptive behavior; psychometrics; psychological assessment; review.

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