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Avaliação Psicológica

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TEIXEIRA, Marco Antônio Pereira; BARDAGI, Marúcia Patta  and  GOMES, William Barbosa. Improvement of an instrument to assess perceived parental responsiveness and demandingness in adolescence. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2004, vol.3, n.1, pp. 01-12. ISSN 1677-0471.

The purpose of this study was to improve an instrument to assess perceived parental demandingness and responsiveness in adolescents. An earlier version of the instrument had some of its items modified to improve the content and the reliability of the scales. First, a pool of 33 items was applied to 550 adolescents (50,5% women) with mean age of 16,6 years. Principal components analysis clearly showed the existence of two main components, correspondig to the dimensions of demandingness and responsiveness. Reliability indexes (Cronbach's alpha) observed for the final version with 24 items were between .78 and .92. These results indicate that the new instrument has construct validity and good internal consistency, and can be used in future research and other contexts. Gender differences and differences between perceived paternal and maternal demandingness and responsiveness that were observed are also discussed.

Keywords : Parental responsiveness; Parental demandingness; Adolescence.

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